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|present participle||giving up|
|past tense||gave up|
|past participle||given up|
His wife finally persuaded him to give up smoking.
Giving up his job was the last thing we expected him to do.
It was a difficult time, but we never gave up hope.
He had given up the idea of marriage altogether.
We’ve given up trying to persuade them to change.
Decide what you want and then don’t give up until you’ve achieved it.
The new arrangement would mean giving up some of their political independence.
They agreed to give half their office up to the temporary staff.
The men who were still in the boat had given him up for dead.
This is the British English definition of give up. View American English definition of give up.
a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …add a word
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