View synonyms for give way

give way

  1. Also, give way to . Yield to urging or demand, as in At the last minute he gave way and avoided a filibuster , or The owners gave way to their demands for a pay increase . [Mid-1700s]

  2. Also, give way to . Abandon oneself, lose self-control, as in She gave way to hysteria , or Don't give way to despair . [First half of 1800s]

  3. Collapse, fail, break down, as in The ladder gave way , or His health gave way under the strain . [Mid-1600s]

  4. Yield the right of way; also, relinquish ascendancy, as in The cars must give way to the parade , or The children were called inside as day gave way slowly to night . [Early 1700s]

  5. Retreat or withdraw, as in The army gave way before the enemy . [Early 1500s]

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Could the (thus far) timid trembling give way to a full-on, grand mal seizure?

Therefore, the majority view in Oklahoma must give way to individual constitutional rights.

With 2014 as a congressional election year, the acrid scrums of 2013 will give way to the combat of the campaign.

Can the market and the state co-exist or will the former have to give way to the politically-backed power of the second?

That wave started to give way in the early 1960s, in large part due to the publication of The Genesis Flood.

As each company front formed the knees of the rank and file seemed to give way.

Suppose for one instant that the bamboo should give way under the boy's feet or failed to hold in the tree-top!

It is plain that on the very first instant of there being a pressure upon the "fixed duty," it must give way, and for ever.

Religion, loyalty, everything would give way if only you cared.

As this is the highest form of the agreement, all verbal stipulations to the contrary must give way.





give voice togive way to