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