Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

give (in/up)

give ingive up
Meaning(s)
1) to submit/surrender or stop trying, abandon or renounce
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    • give in to pressure, give up trying
  • Analysis

    'Give in' is the phrasal verb meaning to accept something or to agree to something after refusing for a time. To give in can also mean recognise defeat. If you 'give in' it can also mean to concede to do what someone else wants or to be unable to resist temptation. 

    To give up can also mean to admit defeat or to stop doing something which you usually do regularly.  To 'give up' can also refer to stopping a habit that you have formed, for example, to give up smoking. If you give up hope it means to stop thinking or believing in something.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Be careful not to give in to peer pressure, especially if it sacrifices your own beliefs and values.
    2. Don't give up so easily, languages require a lot of time to learn.
    3. After I realized how expensive it was, I gave up my hobby of collecting miniature horses.
    4. Give up already, it's been hours and you still haven't finished the puzzle.
    5. I had to give up my puppy because I didn't have time to take proper care of him.
    6. After much thought, I'm going to give up my promotion to someone more qualified.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The Manager finally gave in and granted his employees a shorter workday on Fridays.
    2. I didn't want to give in during negotiations, but a compromise was necessary on both sides.
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