give in - definition and synonyms

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