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give place to

To be replaced by something or someone else. With that loss, we gave place to the team below us in the standings and found ourselves outside the playoff picture.
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give ˈplace to somebody/something

(formal) be replaced by somebody/something: Houses and factories gave place to open fields as the train gathered speed.
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By a disposition, on the other hand, we mean a condition that is easily changed and quickly gives place to its opposite.
Rather, to be humble means "to give place to another." Any human relationship that values reciprocal attention is a humble relationship when one sentient individual gives place to another.
Petrarch's stay in Padua gives place to a detailed examination of visual cycles on the life of the saint and the history of his religious order, from the largely destroyed decoration by Guariento in the palace of the Carrara, the lords of that city, and continuing with the frescos in the Eremitani, those by Bartolo di Fredi in Montalcino and Ottavio Nelli in Gubbio, finishing with the decoration by Benozzo Gozzoli in San Gimignano, which is certainly the most famous and studied of them all.
The "other pillar of society" that every lawmaker must defend "is marriage, as a union of a man and a woman, open to life, which gives place to the natural institution of the family," he added.
As in the street facade, monumentality gives place to a springy, permeable enclosure, assuring privacy yet integrating the house with its surroundings.
the grand pas de deux gives place to the famous Rose Adagio, never before performed in America....