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To separate into pieces as a result of a collision, blow, shock, or strain
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“The piñata would eventually break after being struck repeatedly by enthusiastic kids.”
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(of a rule, law or agreement) To fail to keep or abide by
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“He chose to break his contract with the club after a significantly more lucrative offer was presented to him.”
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To stop proceedings, typically in relation to arduous activity
“Let's break for a few minutes before we drive ourselves crazy from all this work.”
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To stop or interrupt an action, process or operation
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“We can break the cycle of poverty by providing work and employment opportunities.”
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To tell or reveal news or information
“I couldn't wait to break the good news to him that he had aced his exam.”
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To be revealed
“If there is any truth to any of this, the news will break in due course.”
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To exceed or cross a given limit
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“He was determined to break the world record to make a name for himself.”
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To become inoperative
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“We have backups on standby should the machines currently in operation break.”
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To cause damage to
“I would break my juicer by overfilling it.”
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To cushion something's effect
“His reflexes kicked in, and he threw out his arms, managing to break her fall.”
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To happen, occur or come into existence
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“We had no inkling that the horsemeat scandal would break in the middle of the filming of our documentary.”
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To retreat from something frightening or dangerous
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“The crowd in Pamplona would immediately break once the bulls were set loose.”
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To sustain an injury involving the fracture of a bone or bones in a part of the body
“He was relieved after scans confirmed that the accident did not break any of his bones.”
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To decipher or solve through reasoning, analysis or logic
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“Rejewski used the theory of permutations to break the message keys of the plugboard Enigma machine.”
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(of a habit) To quit or give up
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“He resolved to break his habit of constantly being overly critical of himself.”
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To be overcome by a given feeling or emotion
“Homer's self-control would finally break as he greedily gobbled down the blueberry pie.”
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To cause to become tired, weary or fatigued
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“The grueling workout would eventually break me, and I had to quit from exhaustion.”
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(of one's voice) To speak haltingly
“Her voice would break as she recounted the harrowing ordeal.”
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(of waves) To crash against a barrier or surface
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“We stood near the beach by the fire, listening to the waves break on the shingle.”
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To move in a (usually sharp) turn
“James would dribble to his left, then break to his right to shake off his opponent.”
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(of the weather) To undergo a change
“The weather would break, temperatures would rise, and it would be briefly warm enough to smell the earth once again.”
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To break through a surface
“Press down onto each potato to break the skin and flesh a little, allowing the oil to penetrate.”
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To penetrate the surface from below
“Dolphins would break all around our boat.”
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To destroy, weaken or work against
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“Government indifference failed to break the movement but, in fact, radicalized it.”
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To fail in business or to become bankrupt
“The hemorrhaging cash flow would eventually break him.”
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To reduce the value or price of
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“Adam Osborne decided that he wanted to break the price of computers by creating his own.”
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(of a piece of land) To cut into and turn over the sod of
“Farmers of old would break fields with horse-drawn plows.”
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To destroy or disrupt by means of sabotage
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(especially of waves) To sweep or splash in a particular direction
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To break one's word or promise
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To shame or put down
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To declare loudly, openly or publicly
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To return to a place after having been there at a previous time
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To move continuously or freely through a closed system or area
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To oppose, dispute or argue against something
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To divide something with another or others
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To erupt or surge forcefully after being released
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To irritate or upset, typically with repeated or unpleasant acts