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    break - Dictionary definition and meaning for word break

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