Breach - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |briːtʃ|  American pronunciation of the word breach
Brit.  |briːtʃ|  British pronunciation of the word breach


- a failure to perform some promised act or obligation
- an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification)
- a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions) (syn: break, rift, rupture, severance)


- act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises (syn: break, infract, offend, transgress, violate)
- make an opening or gap in (syn: gap)


This is clearly a breach of the treaty.

Many people consider her decision to be a breach of trust .

The judge ruled that the doctor's actions were in breach of her contractual duty.

He claims that the city breached an agreement by selling the property.

Is he going to breach his contract?

The army breached the castle wall.

This was a clear breach of the 1994 Trade Agreement.

They sued the company for breach of contract.

He was clearly in breach of the law.

Britain did not want to risk a breach with the US over sanctions.

What had caused the sudden breach between Henry and his son?

She wanted to help heal the breach between them.

The company accused him of breaching his contract.

The storm had breached the sea wall in two places.

He was sued for breach of contract.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: breach
he/she/it: breaches
present participle: breaching
past tense: breached
past participle: breached
singular: breach
plural: breaches
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