give up on - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theygive up on
he/she/itgives up on
present participlegiving up on
past tensegave up on
past participlegiven up on
  1. 1
    give up on someone to stop hoping that someone will improve and stop trying to help or change them

    Most of the teachers gave up on her years ago.

  2. 2
    give up on someone to stop hoping that you will find someone alive and stop looking for them
See also main entry: give