Definition of give oneself up (or over) to in US English:

give oneself up (or over) to

phrasal verb

  • Allow oneself to be taken over by (an emotion or addiction)

    ‘he gave himself up to pleasure’
    • ‘Not to be insensitive, but I've known various alcoholics and addicts, and it does take a certain kind of determination and willpower to give yourself over to a drug so completely.’
    • ‘He projected an alert, melancholy, insolent intelligence, but gave himself over to laziness, to lust and stupidity with alarming readiness, as if just for the sake of having something to do.’
    • ‘Like a schoolboy disappointed in love, he gave himself over to mental violence.’
    • ‘If she gives herself over to anger, to sloth, to covetousness, or envy, the father sees nothing.’
    • ‘She had tried so hard to give herself over to the love she thought she had for Keenan, being as selfless as she knew how.’
    • ‘She wound her hands in his hair, felt his lips rapidly warming to the temperature of her own blood, and stopped thinking, giving herself over to feelings entirely.’
    • ‘At that she gave a small laugh before giving herself over to the tears that had wanted to come out since she left the campsite.’
    • ‘She falls madly in love with that small, wiry painter hired by her husband to paint their portraits and gives herself over to a reckless passion that destroys the life she has led until then.’
    • ‘Needless to say, life for the army came to a full stop as Alexander gave himself over to grief.’
    • ‘The rich gave themselves over to the most excessive indulgence and the poor knew no other desire than to be able to participate, ever so modestly, in that indulgence.’
    luxuriate, bask, take pleasure, take satisfaction, indulge, indulge oneself, delight, revel, glory
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