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Noun
Plural for a gap or opening
“Look both ways and wait for a break in the traffic before crossing the street.”
Noun
Plural for a short pause in work or during an activity or event
“Let's take a quick break from this meeting to have some refreshments.”
Noun
Plural for a hiatus from work, usually in the form of a holiday
“We are planning a short break to the Napa Valley to experience great wine, fantastic food, and beautiful views.”
Noun
Plural for an interruption of continuity or uniformity
“In most cases, the changeover is seamless and will not cause a break in business operations.”
Noun
Plural for a change from a friendly to an unfriendly relationship
“She stands to lose her congressional majority if there is a break within the party.”
Noun
Plural for an opportunity or chance, especially one leading to professional success
“I have the skills. I just need someone to give me a break.”
Noun
Plural for an unexpected benefit or advantage resulting from the uncertain course of events
“Me winning the lottery was just a lucky break.”
Noun
Plural for the act or an instance of getting free from danger or confinement
“Andy Dufresne's break from Shawshank State Penitentiary would go perfectly to plan.”
Noun
Plural for a change in the weather
“I am hoping we will finally get a break in this bad weather soon.”
Verb
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.”
Verb
(of a rule, law or agreement) 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.”
Verb
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.”
Verb
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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To tell or reveal news
“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 go beyond the limit of
“He was determined to break the world record to make a name for himself.”
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To become inoperative
“We have backups on standby should the machines currently in operation break.”
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To reduce the soundness, effectiveness, or perfection of
“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.”
Verb
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.”
Verb
To hasten away from something dangerous or frightening
“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
“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
“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.”
Verb
To use up all the physical energy of
“The grueling workout would eventually break me, and I had to quit from exhaustion.”
Verb
(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
“We stood near the beach by the fire, listening to waves break on the shingle.”
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To depart abruptly from a straight line or course
“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 weaken or work against
“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 diminish the price or value of
“Adam Osborne decided that he wanted to break the price of computers by creating his own.”
Verb
(of a piece of land) To cut into and turn over the sod of
“Farmers of old would break fields with horse-drawn plows.”
Noun
(informal) Departures from the norm
Noun
The future destined for a person or thing
Noun
A person's luck, situation, or destiny in life
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