Brake - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |breɪk|  American pronunciation of the word brake
Brit.  |breɪk|  British pronunciation of the word brake


- a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle
- any of various ferns of the genus Pteris having pinnately compound leaves and including several popular houseplants
- large coarse fern often several feet high; essentially weed ferns; cosmopolitan (syn: bracken)
- an area thickly overgrown usually with one kind of plant
- anything that slows or hinders a process


- stop travelling by applying a brake
- cause to stop by applying the brakes


I had to brake suddenly when a cat ran in front of the car.

...braked the car sharply when someone pulled out in front of us...

The government put a brake on plans for expansion.

Test your brakes after driving through water.

Moira slammed on the brakes (=use them suddenly and with a lot of force).

I managed to put on the brakes just in time.

Williams tried to apply the brakes but couldn't stop the vehicle in time.

He braked sharply to avoid the dog.

she wan not ready to put the brakes on her life with a marriage

new legislation will put the brakes on spending

We had to brake suddenly when a chicken crossed the road

brake the car before you go into a curve

He turned off the car and set the parking brake.

He was driving with one foot on the gas and one foot on the brake.

You'll need to bleed the car's brake lines.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: brake
he/she/it: brakes
present participle: braking
past tense: braked
past participle: braked
singular: brake
plural: brakes
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