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Do give up and give in imply different meanings?

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Yes, but more importantly, words don't "imply" but "have" meanings. Please don't use fancy words where they aren't needed. –  Kim Nov 7 '10 at 10:31
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@Kim, maybe "have" would have been a better word choice here, but "imply" is not really a fancy word, is it? It means to express indirectly. –  b.roth Nov 7 '10 at 13:13
    
Wether it's fancy or not surely depends on the context. Compared to "have", "imply" is very fancy. ;) –  Kim Nov 7 '10 at 17:47
    
How about the use of both in the Florence and the machine song "Never let me go" where by she say she's "its over, i'm going under. I'm not giving up i'm just giving in" describing the fact she's drowning. –  user46547 Jun 23 '13 at 3:23
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Give up and give in do have similar meanings that are very close to surrender. However, compare the examples of give up and give in from the the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

  • don't give up on the project
  • forced to give up his job
  • refused to give up her efforts
  • give in and have some chocolat
  • after withstanding hours of begging, their father finally gave in and let them go to the amusement park
  • give in his resignation

Notice how the examples of give in express something that happens after insistance or entreaty. This doesn't happen in the examples of give up, where the meaning is closer to quit and abandon.

EDIT: It should be noted that the last example of give in above ("give in his resignation"), in particular, is actually a case where it means deliver, submit or hand in. It therefore illustrates a definition of give in that is very different than give up. Another example of give in with that meaning, from dictionary.com:

  • please give in your timecards
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I think your last example of give in his resignation is a different give in than the others. In that case, he's just handing something in, which in this case is his resignation. –  Claudiu Nov 7 '10 at 16:29
    
@Claudiu, you're right. I'll edit my post to clarify that. Thanks –  b.roth Nov 7 '10 at 17:02
    
As mentioned, give up is synonymous with abandon; a synonym to give in might be succumb. –  David May 27 '11 at 2:49
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give up is something usually used in quieting a important task.But give in is something we can use to express the same meaning with a task which is not really important.

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sorry its 'an important .. –  naveen May 16 '13 at 15:03
    
I think you mean quiting (not quieting). But , no, importance has nothing to do with the difference between giving up and giving in. See the other two answers. –  TrevorD May 16 '13 at 23:51
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Give up indicates cessation as well as forfeiture, whereas give in denotes surrender to something (perhaps temptation in the chocolate example above) or a person or persons (the children in the example of the father above).

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