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To give up doing something - synonyms or related words

give up

to stop doing something that you do regularly

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

cut out

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



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




to stop doing something that is bad for you

cut down

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

chuck in


to leave or give up something

give in

to stop competing or arguing and accept that you cannot win

break a habit

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



a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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