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Definition of Break
Verb: break (broke,broken) breyk
"break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty";
- Become separated into pieces or fragments
"The figurine broke";
- separate, split up, fall apart, come apart
- Render inoperable or ineffective
"You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!";
- hose [N. Amer]
- Ruin completely
- Destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
"He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match"
- Act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
"break a law";
- transgress, offend, infract, violate, go against, breach
- Move away or escape suddenly
"The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"; "The horses broke away from the stable";
- break out, break away
- Scatter or part
"The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"
- Force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
"break into tears";
- burst, erupt
- Prevent completion
"break off the negotiations";
- break off, discontinue, stop
- Enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
"Someone broke in while I was on vacation"; "They broke into my car and stole my radio!"; "who broke into my account last night?";
- break in
- Make submissive, obedient, or useful
"The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern";
- break in
- Fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
"This sentence breaks the rules of syntax";
- violate, go against
- Surpass in excellence
"break a record";
- Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
"he broke the news to her";
- unwrap, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, give away, let out, lay bare
- Come into being
"light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air"
- Stop operating or functioning
"The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke";
- fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break down
- Interrupt a continued activity
- break away
- (military) make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
"The ranks broke"
- Curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
"The surf broke"
- Lessen in force or effect
"break a fall";
- dampen, damp, soften, weaken
- Be broken in
"If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"
- Come to an end
"The heat wave finally broke yesterday"
- Vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
- Cause to give up a habit
"She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"
- Give up
"break cigarette smoking"
- Come forth or begin from a state of latency
"The first winter storm broke over New York"
- Happen or take place
"Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
- Cause the failure or ruin of
"His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright"
- Invalidate by judicial action
- Discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
"The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple broke up after 25 years of marriage";
- separate, part, split up, split, break up
- Assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
- demote, bump, relegate, kick downstairs
- Reduce to bankruptcy
"My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!";
- bankrupt, ruin, smash
- Change directions suddenly
- Emerge from the surface of a body of water
"The whales broke"
- Break down, literally or metaphorically
"The dam broke";
- collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, founder
- Do a break dance
"Kids were break-dancing at the street corner";
- break dance, break-dance
- Exchange for smaller units of money
"I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"
- Destroy the completeness of a set of related items
"The book dealer would not break the set";
- break up
- (billiards) make the opening shot that scatters the balls
- Separate from a clinch, in boxing
"The referee broke the boxers"
- Go to pieces
"The lawn mower finally broke";
- wear, wear out, bust, fall apart
- Break a piece from a whole
"break a branch from a tree";
- break off, snap off
- Become punctured or penetrated
"The skin broke"
- Pierce or penetrate
"The blade broke her skin"
- Be released or become known; of news
"News of her death broke in the morning";
- get out, get around
- Cease an action temporarily
"let's break for lunch";
- pause, intermit
- Interrupt the flow of current in
"break a circuit"
- Undergo breaking
"The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"
- Find a flaw in
"break an alibi"; "break down a proof"
- Find the solution or key to
"break the code"
- Change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
"Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"
"These political movements break from time to time";
- recrudesce, develop
- Become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
"The glass broke when it was heated";
- crack, check
- Crack; of the male voice in puberty
"his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
- Fall sharply
"stock prices broke"
- Fracture a bone of
"I broke my foot while playing hockey";
- Diminish or discontinue abruptly
"The patient's fever broke last night"
- Weaken or destroy in spirit or body
- Yield information under interrogation or torture
"They managed to break him on the third day";
- Successfully decipher a code
- Some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
"there was a break in the action when a player was hurt";
- An unexpected piece of good luck
"he finally got his big break";
- good luck, happy chance
- (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
"they built it right over a geological break";
- fault, faulting, geological fault, shift, fracture
- A personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
"they hoped to avoid a break in relations";
- rupture, breach, severance, rift, falling out
- A pause from doing something (as work)
"we took a 10-minute break";
- respite, recess, time out
- The act of breaking something
"the break was unavoidable";
- breakage, breaking
- A time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
- pause, intermission, interruption, suspension
- Breaking of hard tissue such as bone
"the break seems to have been caused by a fall";
- The occurrence of breaking
"the break in the dam threatened the valley"
- An abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)
"then there was a break in her voice"
- The opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
- (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
"he was up two breaks in the second set";
- break of serve
- An act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
"it was presented without commercial breaks";
- interruption, disruption, gap
- A sudden dash
"he made a break for the open door"
- Any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
"the break in the eighth frame cost him the match";
- open frame
- An escape from jail
"the break was carefully planned";
- breakout, jailbreak, gaolbreak, prisonbreak, prison-breaking
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