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Bursting
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Rotting
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Breaking open
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Destroying
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The process of splitting the nucleus of an atom into smaller particles
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A minor offence, petty crime
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A published statement or the act of revealing something
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The action of separating something into parts or the process of being separated
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An urban style of acrobatic street dance that originated in the hip hop culture of New York City in the late 20th century
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A branching-out, or the act or result of developing branches
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The act of breaking
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The act of something breaking into pieces
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A sudden occurrence of something unwelcome, such as war or disease
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The action of leaving or being separated from someone
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The act or instance of defeating
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To be irritating or upsetting, typically with repeated or unpleasant acts
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(somewhat rare) Bringing harm or injury to
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“I would break my juicer by overfilling it.”
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Present participle for to separate into pieces as a result of a collision, blow, shock, or strain
“The piñata would eventually break after being struck repeatedly by enthusiastic kids.”
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(of a rule, law or agreement) Present participle for to fail to keep or abide by
“He chose to break his contract with the club after a significantly more lucrative offer was presented to him.”
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Present participle for 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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Present participle for to stop or interrupt an action, process or operation
“We can break the cycle of poverty by providing work and employment opportunities.”
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Present participle for 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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Present participle for to be revealed
“If there is any truth to any of this, the news will break in due course.”
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Present participle for to exceed or cross a given limit
“He was determined to break the world record to make a name for himself.”
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Present participle for to become inoperative
“We have backups on standby should the machines currently in operation break.”
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Present participle for to cushion something's effect
“His reflexes kicked in, and he threw out his arms, managing to break her fall.”
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Present participle for to happen, occur or come into existence
“We had no inkling that the horsemeat scandal would break in the middle of the filming of our documentary.”
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Present participle for to retreat from something frightening or dangerous
“The crowd in Pamplona would immediately break once the bulls were set loose.”
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Present participle for 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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Present participle for to decipher or solve through reasoning, analysis or logic
“Rejewski used the theory of permutations to break the message keys of the plugboard Enigma machine.”
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(of a habit) Present participle for to quit or give up
“He resolved to break his habit of constantly being overly critical of himself.”
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Present participle for 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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Present participle for to cause to become tired, weary or fatigued
“The grueling workout would eventually break me, and I had to quit from exhaustion.”
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(of one's voice) Present participle for to speak haltingly
“Her voice would break as she recounted the harrowing ordeal.”
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(of waves) Present participle for to crash against a barrier or surface
“We stood near the beach by the fire, listening to the waves break on the shingle.”
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Present participle for 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) Present participle for 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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Present participle for 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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Present participle for to penetrate the surface from below
“Dolphins would break all around our boat.”
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Present participle for to destroy, weaken or work against
“Government indifference failed to break the movement but, in fact, radicalized it.”
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Present participle for to fail in business or to become bankrupt
“The hemorrhaging cash flow would eventually break him.”
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Present participle for to reduce the value or price of
“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) Present participle for to cut into and turn over the sod of
“Farmers of old would break fields with horse-drawn plows.”
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