Give up and Retain

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

Retain is an antonym for give up in topics: abandon, give, give in, get rid of, omit.
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Retain verb – To continue to have in one's possession or power.
Usage example: I plan to retain the family heirlooms until my own children are mature enough to appreciate them, and then I will lovingly pass them on

Give up is an antonym for retain.
Nearby Words: retainer, retaining
Antonyms for Retain
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