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Definitions of break:
- noun: an escape from jail
Example: "The breakout was carefully planned"
- noun: a sudden dash
Example: "He made a break for the open door"
- noun: an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
Example: "It was presented without commercial breaks"
- noun: (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
Example: "He was up two breaks in the second set"
- noun: the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
- noun: an unexpected piece of good luck
Example: "He finally got his big break"
- noun: the occurrence of breaking
Example: "The break in the dam threatened the valley"
- noun: any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
Example: "The break in the eighth frame cost him the match"
- noun: the act of breaking something
Example: "The breakage was unavoidable"
- noun: some abrupt occurrence that interrupts
Example: "There was a break in the action when a player was hurt"
- noun: breaking of hard tissue such as bone
Example: "The break seems to have been caused by a fall"
- noun: a pause from doing something (as work)
Example: "We took a 10-minute break"
- noun: a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
Example: "They hoped to avoid a break in relations"
- noun: a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
- noun: (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
- verb: move away or escape suddenly
Example: "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"
- verb: change directions suddenly
- verb: invalidate by judicial action
- verb: of the male voice in puberty
Example: "His voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
- verb: render inoperable or ineffective
- verb: interrupt a continued activity
- verb: cause the failure or ruin of
Example: "This play will either make or break the playwright"
- verb: happen or take place
Example: "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
- verb: come forth or begin from a state of latency
- verb: give up
Example: "Break cigarette smoking"
- verb: cause to give up a habit
- verb: vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
- verb: come to an end
- verb: become separated into pieces or fragments
- verb: destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
- verb: happen
- verb: weaken or destroy in spirit or body
- verb: prevent completion
Example: "Break off the negociations"
- verb: change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
- verb: come into being
- verb: find the solution or key to
Example: "Break the code"
- verb: find a flaw in
Example: "Break an alibi"
- verb: undergo breaking
- verb: interrupt the flow of current in
Example: "Break a circuit"
- verb: be released or become known; of news
- verb: diminish or discontinue abruptly
- verb: pierce or penetrate
- verb: become punctured or penetrated
- verb: break a piece from a whole
Example: "Break a branch from a tree"
- verb: go to pieces
- verb: ruin completely
- verb: fall sharply
- verb: separate from a clinch, in boxing
- verb: make the opening shot that scatters the balls
- verb: destroy the completeness of a set of related items
Example: "The book dealer would not break the set"
- verb: exchange for smaller units of money
Example: "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"
- verb: force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
Example: "Break into tears"
- verb: be broken in
Example: "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"
- verb: curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
- verb: emerge from the surface of a body of water
- verb: scatter or part
- verb: make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
- verb: enter someone's property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
- verb: terminate
Example: "Break a lucky streak"
- verb: surpass in excellence
Example: "Break a record"
- verb: fracture a bone of
- verb: make submissive, obedient, or useful
Example: "The horse was tough to break"
- verb: reduce to bankruptcy
Example: "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"
- verb: fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
- verb: become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
- verb: cease an action temporarily
Example: "Let's break for lunch"
- verb: do a break dance
Example: "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"
- verb: assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
- verb: discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
- verb: lessen in force or effect
Example: "Break a fall"
- verb: break down, literally or metaphorically
- verb: act in disregard of laws and rules
Example: "Break a law"
- verb: stop operating or functioning
- 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
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