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Word: break

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  • noun some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
    Synonyms

    interruption

    Examples
    • the telephone is an annoying interruption
    • there was a break in the action when a player was hurt
  • noun an unexpected piece of good luck
    Examples
    • he finally got his big break
  • noun (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
    Examples
    • they built it right over a geological fault
    • he studied the faulting of the earth's crust
  • noun a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
    Examples
    • they hoped to avoid a break in relations
  • noun a pause from doing something (as work)
    Synonyms

    recess, respite, time out

    Examples
    • we took a 10-minute break
    • he took time out to recuperate
  • noun the act of breaking something
    Synonyms

    breakage, breaking

    Examples
    • the breakage was unavoidable
  • noun a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  • noun breaking of hard tissue such as bone
    Synonyms

    fracture

    Examples
    • it was a nasty fracture
    • the break seems to have been caused by a fall
  • noun the occurrence of breaking
    Examples
    • the break in the dam threatened the valley
  • noun an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)
    Examples
    • then there was a break in her voice
  • noun the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
  • noun (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
    Synonyms

    break of serve

    Examples
    • he was up two breaks in the second set
  • noun an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
    Examples
    • it was presented without commercial breaks
    • there was a gap in his account
  • noun a sudden dash
    Examples
    • he made a break for the open door
  • noun any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
    Synonyms

    open frame

    Examples
    • the break in the eighth frame cost him the match
  • noun an escape from jail
    Examples
    • the breakout was carefully planned
  • verb terminate
    Synonyms

    interrupt

    Examples
    • She interrupted her pregnancy
    • break a lucky streak
    • break the cycle of poverty
  • verb become separated into pieces or fragments
    Examples
    • The figurine broke
    • The freshly baked loaf fell apart
  • verb render inoperable or ineffective
    Examples
    • You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!
  • verb ruin completely
    Synonyms

    bust

    Examples
    • He busted my radio!
  • verb destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
    Examples
    • He broke the glass plate
    • She broke the match
  • verb act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
    Examples
    • offend all laws of humanity
    • violate the basic laws or human civilization
    • break a law
    • break a promise
  • verb move away or escape suddenly
    Synonyms

    break away, break out

    Examples
    • The horses broke from the stable
    • Three inmates broke jail
    • Nobody can break out--this prison is high security
  • verb scatter or part
    Examples
    • The clouds broke after the heavy downpour
  • verb force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
    Synonyms

    burst, erupt

    Examples
    • break into tears
    • erupt in anger
  • verb prevent completion
    Examples
    • stop the project
    • break off the negotiations
  • verb enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
    Synonyms

    break in

    Examples
    • Someone broke in while I was on vacation
    • They broke into my car and stole my radio!
    • who broke into my account last night?
  • verb make submissive, obedient, or useful
    Synonyms

    break in

    Examples
    • The horse was tough to break
    • I broke in the new intern
  • verb fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
    Synonyms

    go against, violate

    Examples
    • This sentence violates the rules of syntax
  • verb surpass in excellence
    Synonyms

    better

    Examples
    • She bettered her own record
    • break a record
  • verb make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
    Examples
    • 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 out the truth
    • he broke the news to her
    • unwrap the evidence in the murder case
    • The newspaper uncovered the President's illegal dealings
  • verb come into being
    Examples
    • light broke over the horizon
    • Voices broke in the air
  • verb stop operating or functioning
    Examples
    • 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
  • verb interrupt a continued activity
    Synonyms

    break away

    Examples
    • She had broken with the traditional patterns
  • verb make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
    Examples
    • The ranks broke
  • verb curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
    Examples
    • The surf broke
  • verb lessen in force or effect
    Synonyms

    damp, dampen, soften, weaken

    Examples
    • soften a shock
    • break a fall
  • verb be broken in
    Examples
    • If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress
  • verb come to an end
    Examples
    • The heat wave finally broke yesterday
  • verb vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
    Examples
    • The flat plain was broken by tall mesas
  • verb cause to give up a habit
    Examples
    • She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes
  • verb give up
    Examples
    • break cigarette smoking
  • verb come forth or begin from a state of latency
    Examples
    • The first winter storm broke over New York
  • verb happen or take place
    Examples
    • Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months
  • verb cause the failure or ruin of
    Examples
    • His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage
    • This play will either make or break the playwright
  • verb invalidate by judicial action
    Examples
    • The will was broken
  • verb discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
    Examples
    • The business partners broke over a tax question
    • The couple separated after 25 years of marriage
    • My friend and I split up
  • verb assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
    Examples
    • She was demoted because she always speaks up
    • He was broken down to Sergeant
  • verb reduce to bankruptcy
    Synonyms

    bankrupt, ruin, smash

    Examples
    • My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!
    • The slump in the financial markets smashed him
  • verb change directions suddenly
  • verb emerge from the surface of a body of water
    Examples
    • The whales broke
  • verb break down, literally or metaphorically
    Examples
    • 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
  • verb do a break dance
    Examples
    • Kids were break-dancing at the street corner
  • verb exchange for smaller units of money
    Examples
    • I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy
  • verb destroy the completeness of a set of related items
    Synonyms

    break up

    Examples
    • The book dealer would not break the set
  • verb make the opening shot that scatters the balls
  • verb separate from a clinch, in boxing
    Examples
    • The referee broke the boxers
  • verb go to pieces
    Examples
    • The lawn mower finally broke
    • The gears wore out
    • The old chair finally fell apart completely
  • verb break a piece from a whole
    Synonyms

    break off, snap off

    Examples
    • break a branch from a tree
  • verb become punctured or penetrated
    Examples
    • The skin broke
  • verb pierce or penetrate
    Examples
    • The blade broke her skin
  • verb be released or become known; of news
    Synonyms

    get around, get out

    Examples
    • News of her death broke in the morning
  • verb cease an action temporarily
    Synonyms

    intermit, pause

    Examples
    • We pause for station identification
    • let's break for lunch
  • verb interrupt the flow of current in
    Examples
    • break a circuit
  • verb undergo breaking
    Examples
    • The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages
  • verb find a flaw in
    Examples
    • break an alibi
    • break down a proof
  • verb find the solution or key to
    Examples
    • break the code
  • verb change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
    Examples
    • Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children
  • verb happen
    Synonyms

    develop, recrudesce

    Examples
    • Report the news as it develops
    • These political movements recrudesce from time to time
  • verb become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
    Synonyms

    check, crack

    Examples
    • The glass cracked when it was heated
  • verb crack; of the male voice in puberty
    Examples
    • his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir
  • verb fall sharply
    Examples
    • stock prices broke
  • verb fracture a bone of
    Synonyms

    fracture

    Examples
    • I broke my foot while playing hockey
  • verb diminish or discontinue abruptly
    Examples
    • The patient's fever broke last night
  • verb weaken or destroy in spirit or body
    Examples
    • His resistance was broken
    • a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death
Definitions are taken from Princeton’s WordNet 3.0, Princeton University, 2010