Give up

1 stop doing | 2 give to someone else

 

1 stop doing

She's decided to give up smoking.

 

Meaning

Stop doing something you do regularly, usually because it's considered a bad thing. It can also mean stop trying, abandon something you're trying to do.

 

Why up?

Up is used in some phrasal verbs when we reach a limit. When something is up, it's finished, it's completed or it stops.

Check out more phrasal verbs with the same preposition logic in Think > up.

Collocations

So, what words go together with give up?

break down collocations

Examples

subject  verb  object

I've decided to give up smoking.
He is trying to give up junk food.
I gave up drinking and it changed my entire life.
Giving up alcohol can be tough.
Giving up sugar is never easy.
You can't just give up.
She gave it all up for a man she loved.
Eventually the men gave up their search and left.
She never gave up hope that he would return.
He gave up his job three years ago and started travelling around the world.
She gave up her studies to become a model.
He gave up playing after a serious knee injury.
I gave up trying to understand.
Don't give up without a fight.
She gave up thinking it would never happen.

Grammar

separable You can separate this phrasal verb. It can take an object. Someone gives something up, someone gives up something or someone gives up.

I gave up smoking.
I gave it up.

 


 

2 give to someone else

 

He gave up his seat to an old woman.

 

Meaning

Stop using or owning something.

 

Why up?

Up is used in some phrasal verbs when we reach a limit. When something is up, it's finished, it's completed or it stops.

Check out more phrasal verbs with the same preposition logic in Think > Up.

 

Examples

He gave up his seat to the old man.
He was forced to give up his place on the committee.
Her teenage daughter kindly gave up her room for us.
They won't give up any territory without a fight.
The military government gave up power and democratic elections were held.
They used legal threats to force her to give up her right of appeal.
They will never give up control of the occupied territories.
Edward VIII gave up the throne for the woman he loved.

Grammar

separable You can separate this phrasal verb. It can take an object. Someone gives something up, someone gives up something.

I gave up her seat.
I gave it up.