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- v. To give up, hand over, surrender (something).
- v. To entrust (something) to another.
- v. To devote or resign to a particular purpose or activity; to yield completely.
- v. To quit, to abandon.
- v. Usually as an imperative. To stop fooling around; to stop being annoying; to stop saying silly or flattering things.
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Then Queen Budur stood up and wiped away her tears and, making the lesser ablution,317 applied her to pray: nor did she give over praying till drowsiness overcame the Lady Hayat al-Nufus and she slept, whereupon the Lady Budur came and lay by her till the morning.
"Tain't no handier than this way," said Philetus, with so much belligerent demonstration, that the landlady thought best, in presence of her guests, to give over the question.
So saying the fox clomb a hill overlooking the vineyard and standing there, shouted out to the vintagers; nor did he give over shouting till he woke them and they, seeing him, all came up to him in haste.
Lucy Morris had been told by Lady Fawn that, — in point of fact that, being a governess, she ought to give over falling in love with Frank Greystock, and she had not liked it.
The truth is, he will do so, he will give over reigning as to his mediatory kingdom;  but not before he hath done with all his enemies, Ps. xc.
But lest you should think I have as many worms in my head as he, I'll give over in time, and tell you how far Mr. Luke and I are acquainted.
Steadfastly believe he cannot, -- totally give over he will not; he staggers, -- he is full of self-consultations, and is sad.
From thence I saw it was a plot laid, and that this rude fellow was not to be dallied with; wherefore I bestirred myself the more to keep him off, admonishing him to take warning in time and give over his abusiveness, lest he repented too late.
His restless malice and darkness will not suffer him to give over the pursuit of his rage, until nothing remains to give him a full entrance into endless torments — which he hasteneth every day.
We went through Horsydowne, where I never was since a little boy, that I went to enquire after my father, whom we did give over for lost coming from Holland.