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British pronunciation/bɹˈe‌ɪk/
American pronunciation/ˈbɹeɪk/
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to separate something into more pieces, often in a sudden way

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to break definition and meaning
1.1

to become damaged and separated into pieces because of a blow, shock, etc.

to break definition and meaning
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The tree branch broke during the heavy storm.
The mirror broke when it fell off the wall.
The toy car broke after it collided with the wall.
The chair legs couldn't support his weight and broke.
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to manage to get away from captivity

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to break definition and meaning
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to cause a crack and a separation in one of the bones of the body

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to break definition and meaning
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to fail to obey the law

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(of a piece of equipment) to become inoperative or unusable

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to end or interrupt something, particularly a sentence, remark, or course of action

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6.1

to put a temporary halt to something, particularly in order to have a drink or eat something

6.2

to try to lessen the force or impact of a fall

6.3

to excel in doing something compared to anyone else who has ever tried it

6.4

to do one's best to make a habit go away

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to make someone emotionally devastated to the point that they consider returning to their normal life almost impossible

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7.1

to negate a strike, particularly by replacing the striking workers

7.2

to make someone confess, submit, or obey, particularly by hitting or torturing them

7.3

to weaken someone or something in order to destroy them

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(of a boy's voice at the age of 13 or older) to become permanently deeper

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8.1

(of a person's voice) to change in tone due to going through intense emotion

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The conference will break for a networking session in the afternoon.
We'll break for a coffee after this meeting.
Shall we break for a moment to grab some refreshments?
We'll break briefly and then get back to work.
The team decided to break for a snack during their long hike.
09

to unravel the secret or find the meaning behind something

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(of news) to be released or made known to the public

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to tell someone some important news, often bad news

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His voice broke as he spoke about the loss of his beloved pet.
Her voice broke as she described the accident.
During the emotional farewell, his voice broke as he said goodbye.
Her voice broke with sadness when she heard the news.
Her voice broke with relief when she found her missing wallet.
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(of wrestlers or boxers) to let go of or come out of a grappling position, particularly when asked by the referee

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to cut through the surface level of the skin and cause bleeding

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to make a set become incomplete, particularly by taking or destroying one of its parts

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to exchange a sum of money for the same amount but in smaller bills or coins

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(primarily in the game of billiards, snooker, or pool) to be the first player who strikes at the beginning of a game

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to rise through the surface of sea, pool, etc.

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(of weather conditions) to experience a drastic change, particularly after a period of stability

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(of waves of water) to fall or be dissolved into foam, particularly on the shoreline

17.2

(of a day, dawn, or a storm) to begin

17.3

(of clouds) to clear out or show an opening

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to use force in order to open something secure such as a safe

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a rest from the work or activity we usually do

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break definition and meaning
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a fracture in a hard tissue, such as bone

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break definition and meaning

What is a "break"?

A break, in the context of a noun, refers to a fracture or crack in hard tissue, like bone, typically caused by injury or underlying medical conditions. It involves the separation or disruption of the bone structure, often resulting in pain, swelling, and loss of function in the affected area. Healing a break usually requires medical attention, which may involve casting or surgery depending on the seriousness of the injury. Proper treatment and recovery are essential for restoring function and preventing complications in the affected bone.

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some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity

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an unexpected fortunate event, particularly one that leads to success

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the act of breaking something

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a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)

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(geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other

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an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

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a sudden dash

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the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool

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an escape from a place of confinement

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any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare

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to win a game in which it is your opponent's turn to serve (= hit the ball across the net first)

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the occurrence of breaking

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an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)

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a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

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a short pause in a TV or radio program for advertisement

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a period of time during the school day when students are not in class, often used for relaxation, refreshment, or other activities

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The storm's strong winds can break branches off the trees.
He accidentally broke the pencil while sharpening it.
The kids tend to break their toys if they play too roughly.
Be careful not to break the glass when you wash the dishes.
The detective's relentless questioning finally broke the suspect.
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