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To give up doing something - thesaurus


give up

to stop doing something that you do regularly

cut out

to stop eating something or doing something, especially because it is bad for your health

swear off

to promise to stop doing or using something

grow out of

if someone grows out of a habit, they stop doing it, because they are older or wiser



to stop behaving or talking in a particular way, because it does not help you to achieve what you want



informal to stop doing something that is bad for you

give in

to stop competing or arguing and accept that you cannot win

cut down

to start doing less of something, especially because it is bad for your health

break a habit

to stop doing something that is a habit, especially something bad or harmful



to stop controlling yourself and finally do something that you were trying not to do

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very formal to make a public promise to give up something such as a belief or activity



to stop trying to do something, or to stop opposing someone, because you have no energy or determination left

chuck in

informal to leave or give up something

deny yourself

to not allow yourself to have something that you would like to have

dry out

informal to give up drinking alcohol, or to help someone do this, especially by getting medical treatment



very formal to agree to give up something or to stop doing something

give in

if you give in to something, you can no longer control the feeling of wanting it

give up

to use your time for one activity instead of another

take a back seat

to deliberately become less active, and give up trying to control things



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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