give the matter over as lost


I'd like to know what is the meaning of 'give over'
Thank you in advance

'In a few days more we may gain some news of them; and till we know that they are not married, and have no design of marrying, do not let us give the matter over as lost.'

from Pride and Prejudice
  • radiantb

    Consider. Let's not consider the matter lost.

    You do realise this is very old-fashioned English? We'd probably say 'give up for lost' these days.
    Thank you :D
    I do realise its old-fashion but its old-fashion isn't much of a problem to you. :))

    Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    I'm not at all sure I agree with London Calling. I see "give over" as being synonymous with "give up" (= abandon, cease) and it's still in common use in expressions like: "Give over! I'm fed up with your jokes."
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