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verb (inf=to give way, gives way, giving way, gave way, given way)
  1. of fighting men: = give ground. to retreat before an advancing force; to break rank. also transf. and fig. construed with to
  2. obsolete. to make way; leave the way clear. In early use often to give the way. construed with to
  3. to make room for; be superseded by. construed with to
  4. obsolete. to allow free scope, opportunity, or liberty of action to. also in indirect passive, and to give way (to a person) to do, that, etc.; passing into
  5. of things, material and immaterial: to yield, be dislodged, break down (under pressure or violence). construed with to (obsolete.). of the health, mental powers, etc.: to break down, fail
  6. of persons: to yield under solicitation or insistence; to make concessions; to defer to the will of another. construed with to
  7. to abandon oneself to (anger, grief, etc.)
  8. to allow one's self-control or fortitude to be broken down
  9. of stocks and shares: to fall in price

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