"give one's all" meaning in English

Verb

Forms: gives one's all [present, simple, singular, third-person], giving one's all [participle, present], gave one's all [past, simple], given one's all [participle, past] Audio: en-au-give one's all.ogg [Australia]
  1. To make the utmost effort; to contribute, using all of one's abilities and resources.
    Synonyms (make the utmost effort): empty the tank, go all out, pull out all the stops, do one's utmost Disambiguation of 'make the utmost effort': 78 22 Translations (make the utmost effort): antaa kaikkensa (Finnish), se donner à fond (French), whakapau kaha (Maori), dar tudo de si (Portuguese), dar o seu melhor (Portuguese), dar el do de pecho (Spanish) Disambiguation of 'make the utmost effort': 78 22
  2. To lose one's life while making the utmost effort with full commitment. Tags: euphemistic, idiomatic
    Categories (kind): English euphemisms, English predicates, Death Categories (other): English euphemisms, English predicates, Death Synonyms (lose one's life): die Disambiguation of "lose one's life": 13 87

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          "ref": "1868, Louisa May Alcott, chapter 4, in Little Women",
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      "sense": "make the utmost effort",
      "word": "antaa kaikkensa"
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      "sense": "make the utmost effort",
      "word": "se donner à fond"
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      "sense": "make the utmost effort",
      "word": "whakapau kaha"
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      "sense": "make the utmost effort",
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      "sense": "make the utmost effort",
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      "sense": "make the utmost effort",
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