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give way

Definition of give way

  1. 1 :  to break apart and fall down <The roof gave way under heavy snow.>

  2. 2 formal :  to stop trying to fight or resist something :  to agree to do or accept something that one has been resisting or opposing <After several hours of debate, the opposition finally gave way.>

  3. 3 :  to be replaced by something specified —often + to <Our frustration soon gave way to anger.> <Much of the state's farmland has given way to shopping malls.> <time-honored traditions giving way to more modern methods>

  4. 4 British :  to allow another car or person to go ahead or in front —often + to <Cars must give way to pedestrians.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the quality or state of being springy

  1. :  a thoroughfare for travel or transportation from place to place

    :  an opening for passage

    :  the course traveled from one place to another :  route

  1. :  of, connected with, or constituting an intermediate point on a route

  1. :  away

    :  by far :  much

    :  very

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a jerking and twitching of the body

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