break  

  • Pronunciation of break: B R EY1 K

  • Number of syllables of break: 1

  • Definition of break

    • (n): an escape from jail; "the breakout was carefully planned"  
    • (n): any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare; "the break in the eighth frame cost him the match"  
    • (n): a sudden dash; "he made a break for the open door"  
    • (n): the act of breaking something; "the breakage was unavoidable"  
    • (n): an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks"  
    • (n): (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving; "he was up two breaks in the second set"  
    • (n): the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool  
    • (n): a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"  
    • (n): a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"  
    • (n): an unexpected piece of good luck; "he finally got his big break"  
    • (n): the occurrence of breaking; "the break in the dam threatened the valley"  
    • (n): some abrupt occurrence that interrupts; "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"  
    • (n): (geology) a crack in the earth''s crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; "they built it right over a geological fault"  
    • (n): breaking of hard tissue such as bone; "it was a nasty fracture"; "the break seems to have been caused by a fall"  
    • (n): a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something  
    • (v): weaken or destroy in spirit or body; "His resistance was broken"; "a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death"  
    • (v): diminish or discontinue abruptly; "The patient''s fever broke last night"  
    • (v): fracture a bone of; "I broke my foot while playing hockey"  
    • (v): fall sharply; "stock prices broke"  
    • (v): make submissive, obedient, or useful; "The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern"  
    • (v): be broken in; "If the new teacher won''t break, we''ll add some stress"  
    • (v): of the male voice in puberty; "his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"  
    • (v): render inoperable or ineffective; "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"  
    • (v): become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"  
    • (v): destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments; "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match"  
    • (v): become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated"  
    • (v): happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"  
    • (v): prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the negociations"  
    • (v): terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty"  
    • (v): lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"  
    • (v): stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"  
    • (v): change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another; "Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"  
    • (v): come into being; "light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air"  
    • (v): find the solution or key to; "break the code"  
    • (v): find a flaw in; "break an alibi"; "break down a proof"  
    • (v): undergo breaking; "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"  
    • (v): interrupt the flow of current in; "break a circuit"  
    • (v): cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let''s break for lunch"  
    • (v): make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won''t reveal how old she is"; "bring  
    • (v): be released or become known; of news; "News of her death broke in the morning"  
    • (v): surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record"  
    • (v): pierce or penetrate; "The blade broke her skin"  
    • (v): become punctured or penetrated; "The skin broke"  
    • (v): break a piece from a whole; "break a branch from a tree"  
    • (v): go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"  
    • (v): ruin completely; "He busted my radio!"  
    • (v): separate from a clinch, in boxing; "The referee broke the boxers"  
    • (v): make the opening shot that scatters the balls  
    • (v): destroy the completeness of a set of related items; "The book dealer would not break the set"  
    • (v): exchange for smaller units of money; "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"  
    • (v): force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger"  
    • (v): do a break dance; "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"  
    • (v): curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; "The surf broke"  
    • (v): break down, literally or metaphorically; "The wall collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke"; "The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"  
    • (v): emerge from the surface of a body of water; "The whales broke"  
    • (v): scatter or part; "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"  
    • (v): make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one''s own by quitting or fleeing; "The ranks broke"  
    • (v): move away or escape suddenly; "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"  
    • (v): change directions suddenly  
    • (v): reduce to bankruptcy; "My daughter''s fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"  
    • (v): assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sargeant"  
    • (v): discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"  
    • (v): invalidate by judicial action; "The will was broken"  
    • (v): interrupt a continued activity; "She had broken with the traditional patterns"  
    • (v): cause the failure or ruin of; "His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright"  
    • (v): act in disregard of laws and rules; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"  
    • (v): enter someone''s property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act; "Someone broke in while I was on vacation"; "They broke into my car and stole my radio!"  
    • (v): happen or take place; "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"  
    • (v): come forth or begin from a state of latency; "The first winter storm broke over New York"  
    • (v): fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns; "This sentence violates the rules of syntax"  
    • (v): give up; "break cigarette smoking"  
    • (v): cause to give up a habit; "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"  
    • (v): vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity; "The flat plain was broken by tall mesas"  
    • (v): come to an end; "The heat wave finally broke yesterday"  

Thesaurus Dictionary

Lookup word definitions, synonyms and antonyms. Speak it loudly with natural voices, real time and free.