Break - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |breɪk|  American pronunciation of the word break
Brit.  |breɪk|  British pronunciation of the word break
irregular verb:  p.t. — broke  p.p. — broken


- some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity(syn: interruption)
- an unexpected piece of good luck
- (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other (syn: fault, faulting, fracture, shift)
- a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)(syn: breach, rift, rupture, severance)
- a pause from doing something (as work)(syn: recess, respite)
- the act of breaking something(syn: breakage, breaking)
- a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something (syn: intermission, interruption, pause, suspension)

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- terminate(syn: interrupt)
- become separated into pieces or fragments (syn: separate)
- render inoperable or ineffective
- ruin completely (syn: bust)
- destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
- act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises(syn: breach, infract, offend, transgress, violate)
- move away or escape suddenly

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She broke the cup when she dropped it on the floor.

Break the chocolate bar into pieces so that everyone can have some.

It is easiest to break a chain at its weakest link.

A chain will break at its weakest link.

The fall broke his arm.

His arm broke in three places when he fell.

A bruise forms when a blood vessel breaks under the skin.

The tank is reinforced to prevent breaks and leaks.

There was a break in the hedge.

We waited for a break in the traffic.

The fields extend for miles without a break.

We chatted during a break in the game.

All employees are entitled to two breaks during the workday.

We've been working all day without a break.

He fell through the window, breaking the glass.

Phrasal verbs

break away  — move away or escape suddenly
break down  — make ineffective
break in  — enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
break off  — interrupt before its natural or planned end
break out  — start abruptly
break through  — pass through (a barrier)
break up  — to cause to separate and go in different directions

Word forms

I/you/we/they: break
he/she/it: breaks
present participle: breaking
past tense: broke
past participle: broken
singular: break
plural: breaks
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