Cave

Cave

, v. i. 1. To dwell in a cave. [Obs.] Shak.
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2. [See To cave in, below.] To fall in or down; as, the sand bank caved. Hence (Slang), to retreat from a position; to give way; to yield in a disputed matter.
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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. [Slang] H. Kingsley.
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Ca"ve*at

(?), n. [L. caved let him beware, pres. subj. of cavere to be on one's guard to, beware.]
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1. (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. Bouvier.
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2. (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.
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A caveat is operative for one year only, but may be renewed.
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3. Intimation of caution; warning; protest.
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We think it right to enter our caveat against a conclusion.
Jeffrey.
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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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