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  Definition of give way
  1. 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"
  2. end resistance, especially under pressure or force; "The door yielded to repeated blows with a battering ram"
  3. move in order to make room for someone for something; "The park gave way to a supermarket"; "`Move over,'' he told the crowd"
  4. 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"
Similar Words: fail, go bad, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down, yield, move over, give, ease up, collapse, fall in, cave in, founder

 

Hyponyms: crash, go down, blow out, burn out, blow, misfire, malfunction, misfunction, implode, go off, buckle, crumple, flop, break, slump, slide down, sink

 

Grouped Verbs: die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass, break, abandon, give up, collapse, burst

 

Derivational Morphology: breakdown, equipment failure, failure, cave in, subsidence, crash, collapse

 

 
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