Give up and Keep

Give up

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Give up verb – To give (something) over to the control or possession of another usually under duress.
Usage example: was in so much debt he had to give up his house and move into a cheaper apartment

Keep is an antonym for give up in topics: fall, send to another place by force, relinquish possession, or power, leave empty.
Antonyms for Give up


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Keep verb – To continue to have in one's possession or power.
Usage example: keep my secret and don't tell it to anyone

Give up is an antonym for keep in topics: hold on to, hold, commemorate, tend, prevent.
Nearby Words: keeping, keeper
Antonyms for Keep
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Both terms in one sentence

  • Then it gets reconstructed; Sonic and his friends don't give up and keep trying to help the galaxy no matter what.
  • The angel on the left wearing all white waves pom-poms and encourages him to not give up and keep trying.
  • A recurring theme in Attack on Titan is the need to never give up and keep fighting in the face of adversity.
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