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2 definitions found
 for give way
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  164 Moby Thesaurus words for "give way":
     abandon hope, accommodate, adjust, aye, back down, beat down,
     become suicidal, bend, break, break off combat, break open,
     break up, burst, carry away, catch a crab, cave, cave in,
     cease resistance, cheapen, collapse, come apart, come off,
     come undone, come unstuck, compose, compound, compromise, conk out,
     cop out, crack, crack up, crumble, cut, cut a crab, cut prices,
     decline, deflate, depreciate, despair, despair of, despond,
     devaluate, disintegrate, dive, droop, drop, duck responsibility,
     evade responsibility, fade, fail, faint, fall, fall in price,
     fall off, fall to pieces, falter, feather, feather an oar, fissure,
     fizzle out, flag, flop, flop down, flump, flump down, fly apart,
     founder, fracture, get loose, give, give and take, give away,
     give ground, give in, give out, give up, give up hope, go down,
     go downhill, go fifty-fifty, go soft, go to pieces,
     hit rock bottom, hit the skids, jew down, languish, lapse,
     lose heart, lose hope, lower, make a deal, make an adjustment,
     make concessions, mark down, meet halfway, nose-dive, pace, paddle,
     pare, peel off, peg out, peter out, pine, play politics, plop,
     plop down, plumb the depths, plummet, plump, plunge, ply the oar,
     poop out, pull, punt, quit the field, reach a compromise,
     reach the depths, reduce, relax, relent, row, row away, row dry,
     rupture, sag, scull, set, settle, settle down, shave, ship oars,
     shoot, sink, sink down, sink into despair, sky an oar, slash,
     slouch, slump, slump down, snap, split, split the difference,
     spring a leak, spring apart, start, strike a balance,
     strike a bargain, submerge, submit, subside, surrender, swag,
     take the mean, touch bottom, trim, unbend, unravel, weaken,
     wear away, wear thin, wilt, yield, yield to despair
  
  

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