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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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I saw astonishment giving place to horror on the faces of the people about me.
Framework agreement with no minimum or maximum amount, allocated to several licensees and giving place to competition when the need arises.
According to him, "the implementation of this support programme had been carried out through 5 contracts for technical assistance, giving place to 5 strategic studies, namely an impact assessment of the national irrigation economy programme launched in 1995.
He said the chief minister has already conveyed the message to Interior Minister that KP government would avoid giving place to the IDPs inside big cities of the province keeping in mind the security situation.
Tuttis were sumptuous and well-weighted, and instrumental solos touched the heart; Elspeth Dutch's horn-playing really hit the spot, but I know she won't mind giving place to the solos of prince among concertmasters Laurence Jackson, his violin trembling on the edge of the other-world.
The somewhat drab daytime appearance was giving place to The Great White Way of night-time: a blaze of light and life, a brash glitter.
Rather than giving place to another, we quickly claim our spot, and if possible try to add to our place by absorbing space from our competitors.
The dogmatism of most of the world faiths seems to be giving place to a more questioning and uncertain approach.
In the normal course of events, we are born, grow old and die, giving place to the next generation that we have helped to raise.