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English verb: give way

1. give way (motion) move in order to make room for someone for something


SamplesThe park gave way to a supermarket.
`Move over,' he told the crowd.


ExamplesThese cars won't give way


Synonymsease up, give, move over, yield


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)move


Verb groupabandon, give up

2. give way (motion) break down, literally or metaphorically


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymsbreak, cave in, collapse, fall in, founder, give


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)break, buckle, crumple, flop, go off, implode, sink, slide down, slump


Verb groupabandon, burst, collapse, give up

3. give way (change) end resistance, as under pressure or force


SamplesThe door yielded to repeated blows with a battering ram.


Synonymsyield


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)change

4. give way (change) stop operating or functioning


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymsbreak, break down, conk out, die, fail, give out, go, go bad


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)blow, blow out, burn out, crash, go down, malfunction, misfire, misfunction


Verb groupbreak, buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it









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