Definition of Break in English :
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Break meaning in English
Meaning of Break in English
Pronunciation of Break in English
Break pronunciation in English
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1. break, interruption
some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
Example Sentences:'the telephone is an annoying interruption''there was a break in the action when a player was hurt'
an unexpected piece of good luck
Example Sentences:'he finally got his big break'
(geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
Example Sentences:'they built it right over a geological fault''he studied the faulting of the earth's crust'
a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
Example Sentences:'they hoped to avoid a break in relations'
a pause from doing something (as work)
Example Sentences:'we took a 10-minute break''he took time out to recuperate'
the act of breaking something
Example Sentences:'the breakage was unavoidable'
a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
8. break, fracture
breaking of hard tissue such as bone
Example Sentences:'it was a nasty fracture''the break seems to have been caused by a fall'
the occurrence of breaking
Example Sentences:'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)
Example Sentences:'then there was a break in her voice'
the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
12. break, break of serve
(tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
Example Sentences:'he was up two breaks in the second set'
an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
Example Sentences:'it was presented without commercial breaks''there was a gap in his account'
a sudden dash
Example Sentences:'he made a break for the open door'
15. break, open frame
any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
Example Sentences:'the break in the eighth frame cost him the match'
an escape from jail
Example Sentences:'the breakout was carefully planned'
17. break, interrupt
Example Sentences:'She interrupted her pregnancy''break a lucky streak''break the cycle of poverty'
become separated into pieces or fragments
Example Sentences:'The figurine broke''The freshly baked loaf fell apart'
render inoperable or ineffective
Example Sentences:'You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!'
20. break, bust
Example Sentences:'He busted my radio!'
destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
Example Sentences:'He broke the glass plate''She broke the match'
act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
Example Sentences:'offend all laws of humanity''violate the basic laws or human civilization''break a law''break a promise'
move away or escape suddenly
Example Sentences:'The horses broke from the stable''Three inmates broke jail''Nobody can break out--this prison is high security'
scatter or part
Example Sentences:'The clouds broke after the heavy downpour'
force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
Example Sentences:'break into tears''erupt in anger'
Example Sentences:'stop the project''break off the negotiations'
27. break, break in
enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
Example Sentences:'Someone broke in while I was on vacation''They broke into my car and stole my radio!''who broke into my account last night?'
28. break, break in
make submissive, obedient, or useful
Example Sentences:'The horse was tough to break''I broke in the new intern'
fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
Example Sentences:'This sentence violates the rules of syntax'
30. better, break
surpass in excellence
Example Sentences:'She bettered her own record''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
Example Sentences:'The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold''The actress won't reveal how old she is''bring out the truth''he broke the news to her''unwrap the evidence in the murder case'
come into being
Example Sentences:'light broke over the horizon''Voices broke in the air'
stop operating or functioning
Example Sentences:'The engine finally went''The car died on the road''The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town''The coffee maker broke''The engine failed on the way to town''her eyesight went after the accident'
34. break, break away
interrupt a continued activity
Example Sentences:'She had broken with the traditional patterns'
make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
Example Sentences:'The ranks broke'
curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
Example Sentences:'The surf broke'
lessen in force or effect
Example Sentences:'soften a shock''break a fall'
be broken in
Example Sentences:'If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress'
come to an end
Example Sentences:'The heat wave finally broke yesterday'
vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
Example Sentences:'The flat plain was broken by tall mesas'
cause to give up a habit
Example Sentences:'She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes'
Example Sentences:'break cigarette smoking'
come forth or begin from a state of latency
Example Sentences:'The first winter storm broke over New York'
happen or take place
Example Sentences:'Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months'
cause the failure or ruin of
Example Sentences:'His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage''This play will either make or break the playwright'
invalidate by judicial action
Example Sentences:'The will was broken'
discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
Example Sentences:'The business partners broke over a tax question''The couple separated after 25 years of marriage''My friend and I split up'
assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
Example Sentences:'She was demoted because she always speaks up''He was broken down to Sergeant'
reduce to bankruptcy
Example Sentences:'My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!''The slump in the financial markets smashed him'
change directions suddenly
emerge from the surface of a body of water
Example Sentences:'The whales broke'
break down, literally or metaphorically
Example Sentences:'The wall collapsed''The business collapsed''The dam broke''The roof collapsed''The wall gave in''The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice'
do a break dance
Example Sentences:'Kids were break-dancing at the street corner'
exchange for smaller units of money
Example Sentences:'I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy'
55. break, break up
destroy the completeness of a set of related items
Example Sentences:'The book dealer would not break the set'
make the opening shot that scatters the balls
separate from a clinch, in boxing
Example Sentences:'The referee broke the boxers'
go to pieces
Example Sentences:'The lawn mower finally broke''The gears wore out''The old chair finally fell apart completely'
break a piece from a whole
Example Sentences:'break a branch from a tree'
become punctured or penetrated
Example Sentences:'The skin broke'
pierce or penetrate
Example Sentences:'The blade broke her skin'
be released or become known; of news
Example Sentences:'News of her death broke in the morning'
cease an action temporarily
Example Sentences:'We pause for station identification''let's break for lunch'
interrupt the flow of current in
Example Sentences:'break a circuit'
Example Sentences:'The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages'
find a flaw in
Example Sentences:'break an alibi''break down a proof'
find the solution or key to
Example Sentences:'break the code'
change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
Example Sentences:'Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children'
Example Sentences:'Report the news as it develops''These political movements recrudesce from time to time'
become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
Example Sentences:'The glass cracked when it was heated'
crack; of the male voice in puberty
Example Sentences:'his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir'
Example Sentences:'stock prices broke'
73. break, fracture
fracture a bone of
Example Sentences:'I broke my foot while playing hockey'
diminish or discontinue abruptly
Example Sentences:'The patient's fever broke last night'
weaken or destroy in spirit or body
Example Sentences:'His resistance was broken''a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death'
WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.
Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers
Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
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