Cave, v. i. 1. To dwell in a cave. [Obs.] Shak.
To cave in, below.] To fall in or down; as, the sand bank
(Slang), to retreat from a position; to give way; to yield in a disputed matter.
To cave in. [Flem.
inkalven.] (a) To fall in and leave a hollow, as earth on the side of a well or pit. (b) To submit; to yield.
Ca"ve*at(?), n. [L. caved let him beware, pres. subj. of cavere to be on one's guard to, beware.]
(Law) A notice given by an interested party to some officer not to do a certain act until the party is heard in opposition; as, a
caveat entered in a probate court to stop the proving of a will or the taking out of letters of administration, etc.
(U. S. Patent Laws) A description of some invention, designed to be patented, lodged in the patent office before the patent right is applied for, and operating as a bar to the issue of letters patent to any other person, respecting the same invention.
A caveat is operative for one year only, but may be renewed.
3. Intimation of caution; warning; protest.
We think it right to enter our caveat against a conclusion.Jeffrey.
Caveat emptor [L.]
(Law), let the purchaser beware,
i. e., let him examine the article he is buying, and act on his own judgment.
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