Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

give in

 - definition
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
phrasal verb
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theygive in
he/she/itgives in
present participlegiving in
past tensegave in
past participlegiven in

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    [intransitive] to stop competing or arguing and accept that you cannot win

    The champion refused to give in and went on to win the set.

    give in to:

    The government has said all along that it will never give in to terrorist threats.

  2. 2
    [transitive] British to give something, especially a piece of work, to someone in authority who is expecting it

    She came to the class with a piece of work she should have given in last week.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] if you give in to something, you can no longer control the feeling of wanting it
    give in to:

    She had to struggle not to give in to a desire to laugh.

See also main entry: give

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

threadbare

threadbare clothing, carpet, or cloth is very thin and almost has holes in it because it has been...

Open Dictionary

dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog