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What is the difference between giving in and giving up? I know one means that you're giving up/in and letting someone else do it, other has no continuous actions.

Could someone explain this, please?

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  • give in always has a receiver of the action, even if it is implied. He gave in to hunger and died, versus He gave up and surrendered to the enemy. – Tyler Kropp Nov 24 '15 at 21:21

Both have a similar meaning of surrender. However, generally speaking, give up implies a failed attempt to do something:

"[Give up]? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances."

He refused to give up, believing that success was just around the corner.

while give in implies a change of heart after insistence or pleading:

After days of begging, Amin finally gave in and let his daughter have some of the Halloween candy.

Cindy couldn't believe that Mark gave in to his boss's demand to work on Saturdays.

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