10 Common Phrasal Verbs with “Give” – Meanings and Example Sentences (Audio)

Give away

to give someone something that you no longer need; to reveal a secret to someone

  You can’t give away this book. That was Grandpa’s present for your fifth birthday.

I hate Wendy because she gave away my secret.

What will happen if he gives away our plan?

Give up

to stop doing something

  He gave up smoking three years ago.

  Don’t give up. You’re almost there.

I promised my wife that I would give up staying out late.

Give out

to stop working; to make known to people; to give something to a group of people

My batteries gave out.

They were giving out flyers to the passengers.

The news was given out by the reporter.

Give over

to stop doing something because it’s annoying

That’s annoying. Give over your screaming.

Give over, Mark. I don’t want to listen to it anymore.

I guess the rain will soon give over.

Give in

to accept that you cannot win; to hand in

There’s no point in persuading him. He will never give in.

The police will not give in to the criminals.

Today is the deadline to give in your assignment.

Give off

to produce something such as heat, light, or a smell

Vehicles give off a large amount of smoke every day.

This air-conditioner has been broken. It has given off lots of heat.

This plant gave off a terrible smell.

Give back

to return something to its owner

Can you please give this comic back to John?

Please give it back after you use it.

Give it back. It’s not yours.

Give it up for

to ask someone to cheer and applaud

Everybody, give it up for James Smith.

Let’s give it up for this film star.

We gave it up for Linda when she showed up on stage.

Give onto

to have a view of or passage to something

The window gives onto the garden.

The bedroom gives onto the balcony.

The doors give onto the football pitch.

Give up on

to stop hoping or believing that someone will change

I gave up on her.

Although I know that he isn’t loyal, I just can’t give up on him.

Please don’t give up on me. I’ll do my best this time.

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