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Noun
Plural for a gap or opening
“We are taught from a young age to look both ways and to wait for a break in the traffic before crossing a street.”
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Plural for a pause in work or during an activity or event
“The students have been urged to take a break from revision.”
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Plural for change from friendly to unfriendly relationship
“A break in diplomatic relations.”
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Plural for an opportunity or chance, especially one leading to professional success
“The story that got me my break was published in an anthology by Vintage.”
Noun
Plural for a short holiday
“If you're planning a short weekend break to Amsterdam, there are a lot of places you shouldn't miss.”
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Plural for an interruption of continuity or uniformity
“To provide a break from their daily routine, they are taken for a visit to the zoo, park, coconut farms and theme parks.”
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Plural for a change in the weather
“After two very wet months will we get a break in the bad weather?”
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Plural for an unexpected benefit or advantage resulting from the uncertain course of events
“… a guy who just seems to get all the breaks in life.”
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Plural for the act or an instance of getting free from danger or confinement
“… a desperate break from that hellhole.”
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Separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain
“Take four eggs and break each one separately in a saucer to test for quality before adding to the sugar and beat until the mix is creamy.”
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To fail to keep
“Clubs could choose to terminate contracts, if players break them.”
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To bring to a lower grade or rank
“Government indifference and racist violence did not break the movement - in fact it radicalised it.”
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Stop proceedings in order to have a pause or vacation
“We break for lunch of salad with couscous, salmon and chicken.”
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Tell news
“I was just about to break the terrible news to her when her cat strolled casually around the corner of the house.”
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To go beyond the limit of
“He has already said he will try to break the world record.”
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Make or become inoperative
“We should simply break the machines and return to our caves.”
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Cushion something's effect
“Her involuntary reflexes kicked in, and she threw out her arms, managing to break his fall.”
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To find an answer for through reasoning
“It was created in 1943 to break German codes.”
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To come into existence
“Dawn began to break as we approached Cape May, New Jersey, and soon the sun was up.”
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To diminish the price or value of
“… distressing economic news that will break many energy stocks.”
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To hasten away from something dangerous or frightening
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“It didn't break the skin and they didn't think it was serious until a few weeks ago half of her body was going numb.”
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“We can then break the poverty cycle by giving these disadvantaged children opportunities to get work and employment.”
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“How do you break habits when you're not as confident in the new methods, or at least in your skill with using them?”
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“The phone clicked back into place as Jackie crumpled onto the floor, her composure finally breaking.”
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“Four thousand pounds wouldn't break him.”
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“This great weather is sure to break soon so lets all enjoy it while it lasts.”
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“We were standing near the beach watching the embers of someone else's fire and listening to waves break on the shingle.”
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To reduce the soundness, effectiveness, or perfection of
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To use up all the physical energy of
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To depart abruptly from a straight line or course
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“… dolphins were breaking all around the boat.”
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To reveal or be revealed
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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