Phrasal Verbs: Give Up – Definition and Examples

Give up something definition

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In this lesson, I show how I used the phrasal verb – give up – in one of my videos and then give more examples. There are different ways to use this phrasal verb, but this is one of the most common.

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Give Up Something

In the example I gave, I said the following:

“However, it’s also important to know that if you introduce more English into your life,  then you have to give up other things.”

To give up something in this context means to stop doing something. In order to spend more time with your English, you need to stop doing other things. Here are three more examples:

  • “My dad gave up smoking a few years ago”
  • “I need to give up working so hard.”
  • “I give up. I can’t continue doing this.”

The last example means to stop doing something and also to admit defeat. I’m terrible at putting things together (woodwork etc.) and I often give up just after starting.

What to Do Now:

1. Do you know someone who has tried to give up smoking? If so, was it difficult for them?
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3. Check out other phrasal verb lessons here.

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