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Definition 1: the act of breaking something - [noun denoting act]

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

  • the breakage was unavoidable

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something

(... is a kind of break ) the act of making a sudden noisy break

(... is a kind of break ) the act of breaking something into small pieces

(... is a kind of break ) the act of cracking something

(... is a kind of break ) the act of chipping something

Definition 2: an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity - [noun denoting act]

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

  • it was presented without commercial breaks
  • there was a gap in his account

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time

(... is a kind of break ) (film) a still picture that is introduced and that interrupts the action of a film

(... is a kind of break ) (broadcasting) a local announcement inserted into a network program

(... is a kind of break ) the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts

(... is a kind of break ) an instance of sudden interruption

(... is a kind of break ) shouting to interrupt a speech with which you disagree

Definition 3: a sudden dash - [noun denoting act]

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

  • he made a break for the open door

(break is a kind of ...) a quick run

(... is a kind of break ) (basketball) a rapid dash to get a shot as soon as possible after taking possession of the ball

Definition 4: the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool - [noun denoting act]

(break is a kind of ...) (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand

"it took two strokes to get out of the bunker" "a good shot requires good balance and tempo" "he left me an almost impossible shot"

(... is part of break) any of several games played on rectangular cloth-covered table (with cushioned edges) in which long tapering cue sticks are used to propel ivory (or composition) balls

(... is part of break) any of various games played on a pool table having 6 pockets

Definition 5: an escape from jail - [noun denoting act]

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

  • the breakout was carefully planned

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) the act of escaping physically

"he made his escape from the mental hospital" "the canary escaped from its cage" "his flight was an indication of his guilt"

Definition 6: a pause from doing something (as work) - [noun denoting act]

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

  • we took a 10-minute break
  • he took time out to recuperate

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) temporary inactivity

(... is a kind of break ) a week or more of recess during the spring term at school

Definition 7: any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare - [noun denoting act]

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

  • the break in the eighth frame cost him the match

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) the act of scoring in a game or sport

"the winning score came with less than a minute left to play"

Definition 8: (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving - [noun denoting act]

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

  • he was up two breaks in the second set

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) the act of scoring in a game or sport

"the winning score came with less than a minute left to play"

(break belongs to category ...) a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court

Definition 9: some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity - [noun denoting event]

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

  • the telephone is an annoying interruption
  • there was a break in the action when a player was hurt

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) an event that happens

(... is a kind of break ) an event that results in a displacement or discontinuity

(... is a kind of break ) something that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisions

(... is a kind of break ) an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

(... is a kind of break ) one celestial body obscures another

Definition 10: an unexpected piece of good luck - [noun denoting event]

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

  • he finally got his big break

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause

"winning the lottery was a happy accident" "the pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck" "it was due to an accident or fortuity"

Definition 11: the occurrence of breaking - [noun denoting event]

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

  • the break in the dam threatened the valley

(break is a kind of ...) coming apart

(... is a kind of break ) a sudden breaking

Definition 12: a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions) - [noun denoting event]

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

  • they hoped to avoid a break in relations

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) coming apart

(... is a kind of break ) the formal separation of a church into two churches or the withdrawal of one group over doctrinal differences

Definition 13: an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion) - [noun denoting event]

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

  • then there was a break in her voice

(break is a kind of ...) an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

"the change was intended to increase sales" "this storm is certainly a change for the worse" "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"

Definition 14: (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other - [noun denoting object]

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

  • they built it right over a geological fault
  • he studied the faulting of the earth's crust

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) a long narrow opening

(... is a kind of break ) a geological fault in which one side is above the other

(... is a kind of break ) a geological fault in which one of the adjacent surfaces appears to have moved horizontally

(... is an instance of break) a major open geological fault in Alaska

(... is an instance of break) a major geological fault in California; runs from San Diego to San Francisco; the source of serious earthquakes

(break is a part of ...) (geology) line determined by the intersection of a geological fault and the earth's surface

(break belongs to category ...) a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks

Definition 15: breaking of hard tissue such as bone - [noun denoting state]

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

  • it was a nasty fracture
  • the break seems to have been caused by a fall

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

(... is a kind of break ) fracture in which one broken end is wedged into the other broken end

(... is a kind of break ) fracture that does not go across the entire width of the bone

(... is a kind of break ) a fracture without separation of the fragments and the line of the break being very thin

(... is a kind of break ) fracture resulting from excessive activity rather than a specific injury

(... is a kind of break ) fracture in which the two ends of the broken bone are separated from one another

(... is a kind of break ) fracture of the skull where the bone is pushed in

(... is a kind of break ) fracture in which the bone collapses (especially in short bones such as vertebrae)

(... is a kind of break ) bone fracture associated with lacerated soft tissue or an open wound

(... is a kind of break ) break involving the entire width of the bone

(... is a kind of break ) fracture in which the bone is splintered or crushed

(... is a kind of break ) an uncomplicated fracture in which the broken bones to not pierce the skin

Definition 16: a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something - [noun denoting time]

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) a definite length of time marked off by two instants

(... is a kind of break ) a brief suspension of play

"each team has two time-outs left"

(... is a kind of break ) a pause for relaxation

"people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"

(... is a kind of break ) an intermission between the first and second half of a game

(... is a kind of break ) time during which some action is awaited

"instant replay caused too long a delay" "he ordered a hold in the action"

(... is a kind of break ) an inadvertent interruption in a broadcast during which there is no sound

(... is a kind of break ) a pause or interruption (as in a conversation)

"after an ominous caesura the preacher continued"

(... is a kind of break ) a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting

(... is a kind of break ) a break or intermission in the occurrence of something

"a lapse of three weeks between letters"

(... is a kind of break ) a pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished

"there was never a letup in the noise"

Definition 17: fracture a bone of - [verb of body]

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

  • I broke my foot while playing hockey

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) cause injuries or bodily harm to

(break has a similar meaning as ...) break (a bone)

"She broke her clavicle"

Definition 18: weaken or destroy in spirit or body - [verb of body]

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

  • His resistance was broken
  • a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death

(break is a kind of ...) lessen the strength of

"The fever weakened his body"

Definition 19: diminish or discontinue abruptly - [verb of body]

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

  • The patient's fever broke last night

(break is a kind of ...) decrease in size, extent, or range

"The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester" "The cabin pressure fell dramatically" "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds" "his voice fell to a whisper"

Definition 20: become separated into pieces or fragments - [verb of change]

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

  • The figurine broke
  • The freshly baked loaf fell apart

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) change in physical make-up

(... is a kind of break ) break or cause to break into pieces

"The plate fragmented"

(... is a kind of break ) break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension

"The pipe snapped"

(... is a kind of break ) come unraveled or undone as if by snagging

"Her nylons were running"

(... is a kind of break ) break suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow

"The window smashed"

(... is a kind of break ) break open or apart suddenly and forcefully

"The dam burst"

(... is a kind of break ) be pierced or punctured

"The tire punctured"

(... is a kind of break ) come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure

"The bubble burst"

(... is a kind of break ) become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure

"The plastic bottle crushed against the wall"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments

"He broke the glass plate" "She broke the match"

Definition 21: happen - [verb of change]

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

  • Report the news as it develops
  • These political movements recrudesce from time to time

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) come to pass

"What is happening?" "The meeting took place off without an incidence" "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest

"The plot developed slowly"

Definition 22: prevent completion - [verb of change]

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

  • stop the project
  • break off the negotiations

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break 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 ) become fractured

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

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

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

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

"We interrupt the program for the following messages"

Definition 23: terminate - [verb of change]

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

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

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break 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 ) stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments

"Hold on a moment!"

(... is a kind of break ) interrupt before its natural or planned end

"We had to cut short our vacation"

(... is a kind of break ) stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it

"Suspend the aid to the war-torn country"

Definition 24: come into being - [verb of change]

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

  • light broke over the horizon
  • Voices broke in the air

(break is a kind of ...) enter or assume a certain state or condition

"He became annoyed when he heard the bad news" "It must be getting more serious" "her face went red with anger" "She went into ecstasy" "Get going!"

Definition 25: stop operating or functioning - [verb of change]

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

  • 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 for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of break ) stop operating

"My computer crashed last night" "The system goes down at least once a week"

(... is a kind of break ) melt, break, or become otherwise unusable

"The lightbulbs blew out" "The fuse blew"

(... is a kind of break ) fail to fire or detonate

"The guns misfired"

(... is a kind of break ) fail to function or function improperly

"the coffee maker malfunctioned"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) render inoperable or ineffective

"You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

"She died from cancer" "The children perished in the fire" "The patient went peacefully" "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"

Definition 26: render inoperable or ineffective - [verb of change]

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

  • You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!

(break is a kind of ...) inflict damage upon

"The snow damaged the roof" "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 27: crack; of the male voice in puberty - [verb of change]

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

  • his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir

(break is a kind of ...) undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

"We turned from Socialism to Capitalism" "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"

Definition 28: fall sharply - [verb of change]

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

  • stock prices broke

(break is a kind of ...) decrease in size, extent, or range

"The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester" "The cabin pressure fell dramatically" "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds" "his voice fell to a whisper"

Definition 29: lessen in force or effect - [verb of change]

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

  • soften a shock
  • break a fall

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation

"Terror blunted her feelings" "deaden a sound"

(... is a kind of break ) make soundproof

"deafen a room"

(... is a kind of break ) make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible

"muffle the message"

Definition 30: destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments - [verb of change]

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

  • He broke the glass plate
  • She broke the match

(break is a kind of ...) make a division or separation

(... is a kind of break ) cause to break into many pieces

"shatter the plate"

(... is a kind of break ) break into pieces

"The pothole fractured a bolt on the axle"

(... is a kind of break ) break so as to fall inward

"He broke in the door"

(... is a kind of break ) break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over

"Smash a plate"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) become separated into pieces or fragments

"The figurine broke" "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"

Definition 31: make submissive, obedient, or useful - [verb of change]

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

  • The horse was tough to break
  • I broke in the new intern

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable

"He tames lions for the circus" "reclaim falcons"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) be broken in

"If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"

Definition 32: be broken in - [verb of change]

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

  • If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress

(break is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) make submissive, obedient, or useful

"The horse was tough to break" "I broke in the new intern"

Definition 33: change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another - [verb of change]

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

  • Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children

(break is a kind of ...) lay aside, abandon, or leave for another

"switch to a different brand of beer" "She switched psychiatrists" "The car changed lanes"

Definition 34: become fractured; break or crack on the surface only - [verb of change]

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

  • The glass cracked when it was heated

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of break ) break partially but keep its integrity

"The glass cracked"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) make cracks or chinks in

"The heat checked the paint"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) cause to become cracked

"heat and light cracked the back of the leather chair"

Definition 35: find the solution or key to - [verb of cognition]

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

  • break the code

(break is a kind of ...) find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

"did you solve the problem?" "Work out your problems with the boss" "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out" "did you get it?" "Did you get my meaning?" "He could not work the math problem"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) find a flaw in

"break an alibi" "break down a proof"

Definition 36: find a flaw in - [verb of cognition]

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

  • break an alibi
  • break down a proof

(break is a kind of ...) destroy completely; damage irreparably

"You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!" "The tears ruined her make-up"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) find the solution or key to

"break the code"

Definition 37: make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret - [verb of communication]

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

  • 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

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) let something be known

"Tell them that you will be late"

(... is a kind of break ) bring (information) out of concealment

(... is a kind of break ) divulge confidential information or secrets

"Be careful--his secretary talks"

(... is a kind of break ) tell anonymously

"The news were leaked to the paper"

(... is a kind of break ) reveal in private; tell confidentially

(... is a kind of break ) reveal unintentionally

"Her smile betrayed her true feelings"

(... is a kind of break ) disclose directly or through prophets

"God rarely reveal his plans for Mankind"

(... is a kind of break ) produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly

"He sprang these news on me just as I was leaving"

(... is a kind of break ) to state openly and publicly one's homosexuality

"This actor outed last year"

(... is a kind of break ) reveal (something) about somebody's identity or lifestyle

"The gay actor was outed last week" "Someone outed a CIA agent"

(... is a kind of break ) cause to be revealed and jeopardized

"The story blew their cover" "The double agent was blown by the other side"

(... is a kind of break ) explore and expose misconduct and scandals concerning public figures

"This reporter was well-known for his muckraking"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) be released or become known; of news

"News of her death broke in the morning"

Definition 38: cease an action temporarily - [verb of communication]

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

  • We pause for station identification
  • let's break for lunch

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

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

"We interrupt the program for the following messages"

(... is a kind of break ) take a short break from one's activities in order to relax

(... is a kind of break ) take a break for five minutes

"The musicians took five during the rehearsal"

(... is a kind of break ) take a ten minute break

"The players took ten during the long rehearsal"

Definition 39: be released or become known; of news - [verb of communication]

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

  • News of her death broke in the morning

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of break ) be leaked

"The news leaked out despite his secrecy"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) 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" "The newspaper uncovered the President's illegal dealings"

Definition 40: undergo breaking - [verb of communication]

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

  • The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages

(break is a kind of ...) change from a simple vowel to a diphthong

"This vowel diphthongized in Germanic"

Definition 41: interrupt the flow of current in - [verb of communication]

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

  • break a circuit

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

"We interrupt the program for the following messages"

Definition 42: surpass in excellence - [verb of competition]

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

  • She bettered her own record
  • break a record

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) be or do something to a greater degree

"her performance surpasses that of any other student I know" "She outdoes all other athletes" "This exceeds all my expectations" "This car outperforms all others in its class"

Definition 43: go to pieces - [verb of contact]

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

  • The lawn mower finally broke
  • The gears wore out
  • The old chair finally fell apart completely

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) fall into decay or ruin

"The unoccupied house started to decay"

(... is a kind of break ) wear away by rubbing

"The friction frayed the sleeve"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) ruin completely

"He busted my radio!"

Definition 44: ruin completely - [verb of contact]

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

  • He busted my radio!

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) destroy completely; damage irreparably

"You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!" "The tears ruined her make-up"

(... is a kind of break ) cause to fall or collapse

(break has a similar meaning as ...) go to pieces

"The lawn mower finally broke" "The gears wore out" "The old chair finally fell apart completely"

Definition 45: separate from a clinch, in boxing - [verb of contact]

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

  • The referee broke the boxers

(break is a kind of ...) force, take, or pull apart

"He separated the fighting children" "Moses parted the Red Sea"

Definition 46: break a piece from a whole - [verb of contact]

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

  • break a branch from a tree

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

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

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

Definition 47: pierce or penetrate - [verb of contact]

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

  • The blade broke her skin

(break is a kind of ...) pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

"The bullet penetrated her chest"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) become punctured or penetrated

"The skin broke"

Definition 48: destroy the completeness of a set of related items - [verb of contact]

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

  • The book dealer would not break the set

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) exchange for smaller units of money

"I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"

Definition 49: exchange for smaller units of money - [verb of contact]

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

  • I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy

(break is a kind of ...) exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category

"Could you convert my dollars into pounds?" "He changed his name" "convert centimeters into inches" "convert holdings into shares"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) destroy the completeness of a set of related items

"The book dealer would not break the set"

Definition 50: become punctured or penetrated - [verb of contact]

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

  • The skin broke

(break has a similar meaning as ...) pierce or penetrate

"The blade broke her skin"

Definition 51: make the opening shot that scatters the balls - [verb of contact]

(break is a kind of ...) throw or propel in a specific direction or towards a specific objective

"shoot craps" "shoot a golf ball"

(break belongs to category ...) any of several games played on rectangular cloth-covered table (with cushioned edges) in which long tapering cue sticks are used to propel ivory (or composition) balls

Definition 52: force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up - [verb of emotion]

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

  • break into tears
  • erupt in anger

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) give verbal or other expression to one's feelings

Definition 53: do a break dance - [verb of motion]

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

  • Kids were break-dancing at the street corner

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance

"My husband and I like to dance at home to the radio"

Definition 54: curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves - [verb of motion]

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

  • The surf broke

(break is a kind of ...) 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"

Definition 55: move away or escape suddenly - [verb of motion]

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

  • The horses broke from the stable
  • Three inmates broke jail
  • Nobody can break out--this prison is high security

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) run away from confinement

"The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing

"The ranks broke"

Definition 56: scatter or part - [verb of motion]

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

  • The clouds broke after the heavy downpour

(break is a kind of ...) move away from each other

"The crowds dispersed" "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached"

Definition 57: emerge from the surface of a body of water - [verb of motion]

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

  • The whales broke

(break is a kind of ...) come into sight or view

"He suddenly appeared at the wedding" "A new star appeared on the horizon"

Definition 58: make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing - [verb of motion]

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

  • The ranks broke

(break is a kind of ...) run away quickly

"He threw down his gun and fled"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) move away or escape suddenly

"The horses broke from the stable" "Three inmates broke jail" "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"

(break belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 59: break down, literally or metaphorically - [verb of motion]

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

  • 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 for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of break ) burst inward

"The bottle imploded"

(... is a kind of break ) fold or collapse

"His knees buckled"

(... is a kind of break ) fall loosely

"He flopped into a chair"

(... is a kind of break ) curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves

"The surf broke"

(... is a kind of break ) fall or sink heavily

"He slumped onto the couch" "My spirits sank"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims

"He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage" "Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) cause to burst

"The ice broke the pipe"

Definition 60: change directions suddenly - [verb of motion]

(break is a kind of ...) lay aside, abandon, or leave for another

"switch to a different brand of beer" "She switched psychiatrists" "The car changed lanes"

Definition 61: reduce to bankruptcy - [verb of possession]

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

  • My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!
  • The slump in the financial markets smashed him

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) make poor

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

  • offend all laws of humanity
  • violate the basic laws or human civilization
  • break a law
  • break a promise

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) show a lack of respect for

(... is a kind of break ) commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law

(... is a kind of break ) commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake

"I blundered during the job interview"

(... is a kind of break ) go against, as of rules and laws

"He ran afoul of the law" "This behavior conflicts with our rules"

(... is a kind of break ) break the law

(... is a kind of break ) enter unlawfully on someone's property

"Don't trespass on my land!"

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

  • She had broken with the traditional patterns

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) 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"

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

  • She was demoted because she always speaks up
  • He was broken down to Sergeant

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)

(... is a kind of break ) remove from the center of activity or attention; place into an inferior position

"The outspoken cabinet member was sidelined by the President"

(... is a kind of break ) bring to humbler or weaker state or condition

"He reduced the population to slavery"

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

  • His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage
  • This play will either make or break the playwright

(break is a kind of ...) destroy or cause to fail

"This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"

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

  • The will was broken

(break is a kind of ...) declare invalid

"The contract was annulled" "void a plea"

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

  • Someone broke in while I was on vacation
  • They broke into my car and stole my radio!
  • who broke into my account last night?

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(break is a kind of ...) enter unlawfully on someone's property

"Don't trespass on my land!"

(... is a kind of break ) gain unauthorized access computers with malicious intentions

"she cracked my password" "crack a safe"

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

  • The business partners broke over a tax question
  • The couple separated after 25 years of marriage
  • My friend and I split up

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of break ) terminate a relationship abruptly

"Mary gave John the axe after she saw him with another woman"

(... is a kind of break ) break up or separate

"The country is disunifying" "Yugoslavia broke apart after 1989"

(... is a kind of break ) part; cease or break association with

"She disassociated herself from the organization when she found out the identity of the president"

(... is a kind of break ) end a relationship

"China broke with Russia"

(... is a kind of break ) get a divorce; formally terminate a marriage

"The couple divorced after only 6 months"

(... is a kind of break ) withdraw from an organization or communion

"After the break up of the Soviet Union, many republics broke away"

(... is a kind of break ) interrupt a continued activity

"She had broken with the traditional patterns"

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

  • Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months

(break is a kind of ...) come to pass

"What is happening?" "The meeting took place off without an incidence" "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

(break is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 70: fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns - [verb of stative]

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

  • This sentence violates the rules of syntax

Synonyms for break in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of break ) go against

"This action flies in the face of the agreement"

Definition 71: give up - [verb of stative]

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

  • break cigarette smoking

(break is a kind of ...) put an end to a state or an activity

"Quit teasing your little brother"

(break has a similar meaning as ...) cause to give up a habit

"She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"

Definition 72: cause to give up a habit - [verb of stative]

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

  • She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes

(break has a similar meaning as ...) give up

"break cigarette smoking"

Definition 73: vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity - [verb of stative]

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

  • The flat plain was broken by tall mesas

(break is a kind of ...) become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence

"her mood changes in accordance with the weather" "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"

Definition 74: come forth or begin from a state of latency - [verb of stative]

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

  • The first winter storm broke over New York

(break is a kind of ...) happen or occur as a result of something

Definition 75: come to an end - [verb of stative]

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

  • The heat wave finally broke yesterday

(break is a kind of ...) have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical

"the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed" "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other" "My property ends by the bushes" "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"

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