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Definition 1: prevent completion - [verb of change]

Samples where break off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • stop the project
  • break off the negotiations

Synonyms for break off in the sense of this definition

(break off is a kind of ...) bring to an end or halt

"She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime" "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I"

(... is a kind of break off ) become fractured

"The tibia fractured from the blow of the iron pipe"

(... is a kind of break off ) get stuck while doing something

"She bogged down many times while she wrote her dissertation"

(... is a kind of break off ) make a break in

"We interrupt the program for the following messages"

Definition 2: interrupt before its natural or planned end - [verb of change]

Samples where break off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We had to cut short our vacation

Synonyms for break off in the sense of this definition

(break off is a kind of ...) terminate

"She interrupted her pregnancy" "break a lucky streak" "break the cycle of poverty"

(... is a kind of break off ) interrupt a telephone conversation

Definition 3: break a small piece off from - [verb of contact]

Samples where break off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • chip the glass
  • chip a tooth

Synonyms for break off in the sense of this definition

(break off is a kind of ...) separate with or as if with an instrument

"Cut the rope"

Definition 4: break off (a piece from a whole) - [verb of contact]

Samples where break off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her tooth chipped

Synonyms for break off in the sense of this definition

(break off is a kind of ...) come apart

"The two pieces that we had glued separated"

(... is a kind of break off ) come off in flakes or thin small pieces

"The paint in my house is peeling off"

(... is a kind of break off ) come off in a very thin piece

Definition 5: break a piece from a whole - [verb of contact]

Samples where break off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • break a branch from a tree

Synonyms for break off in the sense of this definition

(break off is a kind of ...) cause to become detached or separated; take off

"detach the skin from the chicken before you eat it"

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