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, 2010 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, 2010 at 13:13
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    Wether it's fancy or not surely depends on the context. Compared to "have", "imply" is very fancy. ;)
    – Kim
    Nov 7, 2010 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, 2013 at 3:23

3 Answers 3


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 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 chocolate
  • 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 insistence 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
  • 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, 2010 at 16:29
  • @Claudiu, you're right. I'll edit my post to clarify that. Thanks
    – b.roth
    Nov 7, 2010 at 17:02
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    As mentioned, give up is synonymous with abandon; a synonym to give in might be succumb.
    – Mei
    May 27, 2011 at 2:49
  • Was watching Dark Knight and Batman was shouted at - "You can not give in". Was it wrong usage and should have been "You can not give up" ?
    – Tarun
    Aug 9, 2020 at 18:20

give up is used for quitting a habit or withdrawing from something.But give in is letting something happen or give way for something.

  • sorry its 'an important ..
    – naveen
    May 16, 2013 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, 2013 at 23:51

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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