Definitions

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  • v. To make progress.
  • v. To give place or step aside.
  • interj. an instruction to get out of the way of someone else, usually because they are carrying something and need a clear pathway. Compare with gangway.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. get out of the way

Etymologies

Originally nautical (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In 1933, demolition began in the original neighborhood, now referred to as Old Chinatown, to make way for the building of the opulent, Mission-style Union Station railroad terminal.

    American Chinatown

  • Convenor in-charge of a studies centre, who is hoping to become Director as she has been recently promoted as professor, had to make way for a recently-promoted professor.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • In the darkened interior he could see where the radar and position-fixing consoles had been stacked on either side to make way for a complex array of electronic gadgetry surrounding an outsize computer screen.

    Crusader Gold

  • Think what it was that Wolf Meynert said about the newts: that people would have to make way for them; and it would only be the salamanders that would create a world that was happy, unified and uniform ...

    The War with the Newts

  • It could be seen from our strength and blazons that we were a royal fleet; and wolves make way for the lion.

    The Bull From The Sea

  • You shall have Loughton this session if you'll promise to make way for me after the next election.

    Phineas Finn

  • His name is associated with every old building that is torn down to make way for the modern structures demanded by a rapidly growing city, and with every hill or cave over or through which he might by any possibility have roamed, while the many points of interest which he wove into his stories, such as Holiday Hill, Jackson's Island, or Mark Twain Cave, are now monuments to his genius.

    Is Shakespeare Dead?

  • THREE WEEKS AFTER Etta Gorsich left town, human remains were found buried in the crawl space of a house being demolished two blocks away from hers to make way for yet another strip mall.

    The Huckleberry Murders

  • But it is the careless scattering of treasures, the marble bust knocked over on the floor to make way for some other statue, the grisaille drawing creased under a porcelain vase, which combine in these portraits to give us an overpowering sense of the profusion and wealth of the era.

    The Dragon’s Trail

  • Also an empty hotel in West Hempstead was recently razed by Mill Creek Residential Trust to make way for 150 apartments.

    Long Island Warms Up to Apartments

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