give over to

give over to
give over to
To set (a period of time) aside for a particular purpose
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Main Entry:give

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give over to [phrasal verb]
give (something) over to (someone)
1 : to give (something) to (someone) to have, use, do, etc.

She has given most of her work over to her assistant.

2 give (yourself) over to (something) : to allow (yourself) to be fully affected by, controlled by, or involved in (something)

He gave himself over to despair. [=he was overcome by despair]

She gave herself over completely to her work. [=she devoted all of her attention and energy to her work]

3
◇ Something that is given over to a specified purpose is used for that purpose.

One of the upstairs rooms is given over to storage.

Much of her time recently has been given over to researching her family history.

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Main Entry:give

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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