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  1. [noun] some abrupt occurrence that interrupts; "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"
    Synonyms: interruption

  2. [noun] an unexpected piece of good luck; "he finally got his big break"
    Synonyms: good luck, happy chance

  3. [noun] (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"
    Synonyms: fault, geological fault, shift, fracture

  4. [noun] a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"
    Synonyms: rupture, breach, severance, rift, falling out

  5. [noun] a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"
    Synonyms: respite, recess, time out

  6. [noun] the act of breaking something; "the breakage was unavoidable"
    Synonyms: age, ing

  7. [noun] a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
    Synonyms: pause, intermission, interruption, suspension

  8. [noun] breaking of hard tissue such as bone; "it was a nasty fracture"; "the break seems to have been caused by a fall"
    Synonyms: fracture

  9. [noun] the occurrence of breaking; "the break in the dam threatened the valley"

  10. [noun] the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool

  11. [noun] (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving; "he was up two breaks in the second set"
    Synonyms: of serve

  12. [noun] an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks"
    Synonyms: interruption, disruption, gap

  13. [noun] a sudden dash; "he made a break for the open door"

  14. [noun] 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

  15. [noun] an escape from jail; "the breakout was carefully planned"
    Synonyms: out, jailgaolprisonprison-ing

  16. [verb] terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty"
    Synonyms: interrupt

  17. [verb] become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
    Synonyms: separate, split up, fall apart, come apart

  18. [verb] destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments; "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match"

  19. [verb] render inoperable or ineffective; "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"

  20. [verb] ruin completely; "He busted my radio!"
    Synonyms: bust

  21. [verb] act in disregard of laws and rules; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"
    Synonyms: transgress, offend, infract, violate, go against, breach

  22. [verb] move away or escape suddenly; "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out
    Synonyms: out, away

  23. [verb] scatter or part; "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"

  24. [verb] force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger"
    Synonyms: burst, erupt

  25. [verb] prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the negociations"
    Synonyms: off, discontinue, stop

  26. [verb] 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: in

  27. [verb] make submissive, obedient, or useful; "The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern"
    Synonyms: in

  28. [verb] fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns; "This sentence violates the rules of syntax"
    Synonyms: violate, go against

  29. [verb] surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record"
    Synonyms: better

  30. [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; "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"
    Synonyms: disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, impart, give away, let out

  31. [verb] come into being; "light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air"

  32. [verb] 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, down

  33. [verb] interrupt a continued activity; "She had broken with the traditional patterns"
    Synonyms: away

  34. [verb] make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing; "The ranks broke"

  35. [verb] curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; "The surf broke"

  36. [verb] lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
    Synonyms: dampen, damp, soften, weaken

  37. [verb] be broken in; "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"

  38. [verb] come to an end; "The heat wave finally broke yesterday"

  39. [verb] vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity; "The flat plain was broken by tall mesas"

  40. [verb] cause to give up a habit; "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"

  41. [verb] give up; "break cigarette smoking"

  42. [verb] come forth or begin from a state of latency; "The first winter storm broke over New York"

  43. [verb] happen or take place; "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"

  44. [verb] cause the failure or ruin of; "His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright"

  45. [verb] invalidate by judicial action; "The will was broken"

  46. [verb] 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, up

  47. [verb] assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sargeant"
    Synonyms: demote, bump, relegate, kick downstairs

  48. [verb] 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

  49. [verb] change directions suddenly

  50. [verb] emerge from the surface of a body of water; "The whales broke"

  51. [verb] 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

  52. [verb] do a break dance; "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"
    Synonyms: dance, -dance

  53. [verb] exchange for smaller units of money; "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"

  54. [verb] destroy the completeness of a set of related items; "The book dealer would not break the set"
    Synonyms: up

  55. [verb] make the opening shot that scatters the balls

  56. [verb] separate from a clinch, in boxing; "The referee broke the boxers"

  57. [verb] 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

  58. [verb] break a piece from a whole; "break a branch from a tree"
    Synonyms: off, snap off

  59. [verb] become punctured or penetrated; "The skin broke"

  60. [verb] pierce or penetrate; "The blade broke her skin"

  61. [verb] be released or become known; of news; "News of her death broke in the morning"
    Synonyms: get out, get around

  62. [verb] cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch"
    Synonyms: pause, intermit

  63. [verb] interrupt the flow of current in; "break a circuit"

  64. [verb] undergo breaking; "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"

  65. [verb] find a flaw in; "break an alibi"; "break down a proof"

  66. [verb] find the solution or key to; "break the code"

  67. [verb] change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another; "Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"

  68. [verb] happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
    Synonyms: recrudesce, develop

  69. [verb] become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated"
    Synonyms: crack, check

  70. [verb] of the male voice in puberty; "his voice is breaking

  71. [verb] fall sharply; "stock prices broke"

  72. [verb] fracture a bone of; "I broke my foot while playing hockey"
    Synonyms: fracture

  73. [verb] diminish or discontinue abruptly; "The patient's fever broke last night"

  74. [verb] weaken or destroy in spirit or body; "His resistance was broken"; "a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death"


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