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To Give Way

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Definition of the noun to give way

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Specialised definition of the noun to give way

Glossary of sports / rowing

instruction given to begin rowing (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb to give way

What does to give way mean as a doing phrase?


  1. move in order to make room for someone for something
    • example: These cars won't give way
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of give way: ease up / give / move over / yield
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  2. break down, literally or metaphorically
  3. end resistance, as under pressure or force
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of give way: yield
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
  4. stop operating or functioning

Alternative definition of the verb to give way


  1. To yield to persistent persuasion.
  2. To collapse or break under physical stresses.
  3. To be followed, succeeded, or replaced by.
  4. To give precedence to other road users.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for To Give Way

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Google previewAn Etymological Dictionary (1821)

by William Grimshaw

to give way. ACCESSARY. s. An accomplice. L. From the same roots as ABS-ACC.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Developing World (2006)

by Thomas M. Leonard

A long-lasting economic crisis provoked domestic pressure that eventually forced Kaunda to give way to a multiparty democracy in 1990. Elections in 1991 led to the defeat of Kaunda by Frederick Chiluba, chairman of the "Movement for ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, 2 Volume Set (2010)

by John Anthony McGuckin

Some scholars of Christian origins now believe that at one time (an “Encratite" position destined to give way before wider church practice) celibacy was required of early Syrian baptismal candidates, thus leaving a majority in the church in the ...

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The reeds give way to the wind
and give the wind away.

Submitted by Jim McCarthy (Archie Randolph Ammons)
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