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Verb: give way  giv wey
  1. Move in order to make room for someone or something
    "The park gave way to a supermarket";
    - move over, give, ease up, yield
  2. Break down, literally or metaphorically
    "The wall gave way";
    - collapse, fall in, cave in, give, break, founder
  3. End resistance, as under pressure or force
    "The door gave way to repeated blows with a battering ram";
    - yield
  4. Stop operating or functioning
    "The engine gave way on the way to town";
    - fail, go bad, die, give out, conk out [informal], go, break, break down, pack up [Brit, informal]

Derived forms: giving way, gave way, gives way, given way

Type of: change, move

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