move in order to make room for someone for something;
"The park gave way to a supermarket"
"`Move over,' he told the crowd"
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"
end resistance, as under pressure or force;
"The door yielded to repeated blows with a battering ram"
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"
- The enemy troops had to give way.
- I quickly got inside, locked the door, and dusted out the back way.
- You must give way when you come to this junction.
- He stepped aside to make way for us.
- We are not going to give way to blackmail.
- They would never give in the enemy.
- Mrs Jones didn't give way during the floot, but she was very frightened.
- This overpass might give way during an earthquake.
- Slowly, he clawed his way out from under the collapsed building.