Definition of 'break'
- some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity; "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"
- an unexpected piece of good luck; "he finally got his big break"
Synonyms: good luck happy chance
- (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"; "he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"
Synonyms: fault faulting geological fault shift fracture
- a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"
Synonyms: rupture breach severance rift falling out
- a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"
Synonyms: respite recess time out
- the act of breaking something; "the breakage was unavoidable"
Synonyms: breakage breaking
- a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
Synonyms: pause intermission interruption suspension
- breaking of hard tissue such as bone; "it was a nasty fracture"; "the break seems to have been caused by a fall"
- the occurrence of breaking; "the break in the dam threatened the valley"
- an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion); "then there was a break in her voice"
- the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
- (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving; "he was up two breaks in the second set"
Synonyms: break of serve
- an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks"; "there was a gap in his account"
Synonyms: interruption disruption gap
- a sudden dash; "he made a break for the open door"
- any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare; "the break in the eighth frame cost him the match"
Synonyms: open frame
- an escape from jail; "the breakout was carefully planned"
Synonyms: breakout jailbreak gaolbreak prisonbreak prison-breaking
- terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty"
- become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
Synonyms: separate split up fall apart come apart
- destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments; "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match"
- render inoperable or ineffective; "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"
- ruin completely; "He busted my radio!"
Antonyms: repair mend fix bushel doctor furbish up restore touch on
- act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"; "break a promise"
Synonyms: transgress offend infract violate go against breach
Antonyms: observe keep
- move away or escape suddenly; "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"
Synonyms: break out break away
- scatter or part; "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"
- force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger"
Synonyms: burst erupt
- prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the negotiations"
Synonyms: break off discontinue stop
- 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!"
Synonyms: break in
- make submissive, obedient, or useful; "The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern"
Synonyms: break in
- fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns; "This sentence violates the rules of syntax"
Synonyms: violate go against
Antonyms: conform to
- surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record"
- 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 out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"
Synonyms: unwrap disclose let on bring out reveal discover expose divulge impart give away let out
- come into being; "light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air"
- 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"
Synonyms: fail go bad give way die give out conk out go break down
- interrupt a continued activity; "She had broken with the traditional patterns"
Synonyms: break away
- make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing; "The ranks broke"
- curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; "The surf broke"
- lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
Synonyms: dampen damp soften weaken
- be broken in; "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"
- come to an end; "The heat wave finally broke yesterday"
- vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity; "The flat plain was broken by tall mesas"
- cause to give up a habit; "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"
- give up; "break cigarette smoking"
- come forth or begin from a state of latency; "The first winter storm broke over New York"
- happen or take place; "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
- cause the failure or ruin of; "His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright"
- invalidate by judicial action; "The will was broken"
- 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"
Synonyms: separate part split up split break up
- assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sergeant"
Synonyms: demote bump relegate kick downstairs
Antonyms: promote upgrade advance kick upstairs raise elevate
- reduce to bankruptcy; "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"
Synonyms: bankrupt ruin smash
- change directions suddenly
- emerge from the surface of a body of water; "The whales broke"
- 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"
Synonyms: collapse fall in cave in give give way founder
- do a break dance; "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"
Synonyms: break dance break-dance
- exchange for smaller units of money; "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"
- destroy the completeness of a set of related items; "The book dealer would not break the set"
Synonyms: break up
- make the opening shot that scatters the balls
- separate from a clinch, in boxing; "The referee broke the boxers"
- go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"
Synonyms: wear wear out bust fall apart
- break a piece from a whole; "break a branch from a tree"
Synonyms: break off snap off
- become punctured or penetrated; "The skin broke"
- pierce or penetrate; "The blade broke her skin"
- be released or become known; of news; "News of her death broke in the morning"
Synonyms: get out get around
- cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch"
Synonyms: pause intermit
- interrupt the flow of current in; "break a circuit"
- undergo breaking; "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"
- find a flaw in; "break an alibi"; "break down a proof"
- find the solution or key to; "break the code"
- change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another; "Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"
- happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
Synonyms: recrudesce develop
- become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated"
Synonyms: crack check
- crack; of the male voice in puberty; "his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
- fall sharply; "stock prices broke"
- fracture a bone of; "I broke my foot while playing hockey"
- diminish or discontinue abruptly; "The patient's fever broke last night"
- weaken or destroy in spirit or body; "His resistance was broken"; "a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death"