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Definition of 'give way'

Verb

  1. move in order to make room for someone for something; "The park gave way to a supermarket"; "`Move over,' he told the crowd"
       Synonyms: move over give ease up yield
  2. break down, literally or metaphorically; "The wall collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke"; "The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"
       Synonyms: collapse fall in cave in give break founder
  3. end resistance, as under pressure or force; "The door yielded to repeated blows with a battering ram"
       Synonyms: yield
  4. stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"
       Synonyms: fail go bad die give out conk out go break break down


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