HyperDic: break

English > 75 senses of the word break:
VERBchangebreak, interruptterminate
changebreak, separate, split up, fall apart, come apartbecome separated / separated into pieces or fragments
changebreakrender inoperable or ineffective
contactbreak, bustruin completely
changebreakdestroy the integrity of
socialbreak, transgress, offend, infract, violate, go against, breachact in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
motionbreak, break out, break awaymove away or escape suddenly
motionbreakscatter or part
emotionbreak, burst, eruptforce out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
changebreak, break off, discontinue, stopprevent completion
socialbreak, break inenter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
changebreak, break inmake submissive, obedient, or useful
stativebreak, violate, go againstfail to agree with
competitionbreak, bettersurpass in excellence
communicationbreak, unwrap, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, give away, let out, uncovermake known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
changebreakcome into being
changebreak, fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break downstop operating or functioning
socialbreak, break awayinterrupt a continued activity
motionbreakmake a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
motionbreakcurl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
changebreak, dampen, damp, soften, weakenlessen in force or effect
changebreakbe broken in
stativebreakcome to an end
stativebreakvary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
stativebreakcause to give up a habit
stativebreakgive up
stativebreakcome forth or begin from a state of latency
socialbreakhappen or take place
socialbreakcause the failure or ruin of
socialbreakinvalidate by judicial action
socialbreak, separate, part, split up, split, break updiscontinue an association / association / association or relation
socialbreak, demote, bump, relegate, kick downstairsassign to a lower position
possessionbreak, bankrupt, ruin, smashreduce to bankruptcy
motionbreakchange directions suddenly
motionbreakemerge from the surface of a body of water
motionbreak, collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, founderbreak down, literally or metaphorically
motionbreak, break dance, break-dancedo a break dance
contactbreakexchange for smaller units of money
contactbreak, break updestroy the completeness of a set of related items
contactbreakmake the opening shot that scatters the balls
contactbreakseparate from a clinch, in boxing
contactbreak, wear, wear out, bust, fall apartgo to pieces
contactbreak, break off, snap offbreak a piece from a whole
contactbreakbecome punctured or penetrated
contactbreakpierce or penetrate
communicationbreak, get out, get aroundbe released or become known
communicationbreak, pause, intermitcease an action temporarily
communicationbreakinterrupt the flow of current in
communicationbreakundergo breaking
cognitionbreakfind a flaw in
cognitionbreakfind the solution or key to
changebreakchange suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
changebreak, recrudesce, develophappen / happen
changebreak, crack, checkbecome fractured
changebreakcrack
changebreakfall sharply
bodybreak, fracturefracture a bone of
bodybreakdiminish or discontinue abruptly
bodybreakweaken or destroy in spirit or body
NOUNeventbreak, interruptionsome abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
eventbreak, good luck, happy chancean unexpected piece of good luck
objectbreak, fault, faulting, geological fault, shift, fracture(geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
eventbreak, rupture, breach, severance, rift, falling outa personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
actbreak, respite, recess, time outa pause from doing something (as work)
actbreak, breakage, breakingthe act of breaking something
timebreak, pause, intermission, interruption, suspensiona time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
statebreak, fracturebreaking of hard tissue such as bone
eventbreakthe occurrence of breaking
eventbreakan abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)
actbreakthe opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
actbreak, break of serve(tennis) a score consisting of winning a game / game when your opponent was serving
actbreak, interruption, disruption, gapan act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
actbreaka sudden dash
actbreak, open frameany frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
actbreak, breakout, jailbreak, gaolbreak, prisonbreak, prison-breakingan escape from jail
break > pronunciation
Soundsbrey'k
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English > break: 75 senses > noun 1, event
MeaningSome abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity.
Example "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"
Synonyminterruption
Narrowerdislocation, disruptionAn event that results in a displacement or discontinuity
eclipse, occultationOne celestial body obscures another
punctuationSomething that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisions
suspension, respite, reprieve, hiatus, abatementAn interruption in the intensity or amount of something
Broaderhappening, occurrence, occurrent, natural eventAn event that happens
Catalaninterrupció, parèntesi, pausa
Spanishinterrupción, paréntesis, pausa, receso
Verbsbreakvary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
English > break: 75 senses > noun 2, event
MeaningAn unexpected piece of good luck.
Example"he finally got his big break"
Synonymsgood luck, happy chance
Broaderaccident, stroke, fortuity, chance eventAnything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause
Catalanoportunitat
Spanishoportunidad
English > break: 75 senses > noun 3, object
Meaning(geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other.
Synonymsfault, faulting, geological fault, shift, fracture
CategorygeologyA science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks / rocks
InstancesDenali FaultA major open geological fault in Alaska
San Andreas FaultA major geological fault in California
Partsfault line(geology) line determined by the intersection of a geological fault and the earth's surface
Narrowerinclined faultA geological fault in which one side is above the other
strike-slip faultA geological fault in which one of the adjacent surfaces appears to have moved horizontally
Broadercrack, cleft, crevice, fissure, scissureA long narrow opening
Catalanfalla
Verbsbreakbecome separated / separated into pieces or fragments
English > break: 75 senses > noun 4, event
MeaningA personal or social separation (as between opposing factions).
Example"they hoped to avoid a break in relations"
Synonymsrupture, breach, severance, rift, falling out
NarrowerschismThe formal separation / separation of a church into two churches or the withdrawal of one group over doctrinal differences
Broaderseparation, breakup, detachmentcoming apart
Catalanruptura, trencament
Spanishruptura
Verbsbreakdiscontinue an association / association / association or relation
English > break: 75 senses > noun 5, act
MeaningA pause from doing something (as work).
Example"we took a 10-minute break"
Synonymsrespite, recess, time out
Narrowerspring breakA week or more of recess during the spring term at school
Broaderpausetemporary inactivity
Catalandescans, parada, pausa
Spanishdescanso, pausa, respiro
Verbsbreakcease an action temporarily
English > break: 75 senses > noun 6, act
MeaningThe act of breaking something.
Example"the breakage was unavoidable"
Synonymsbreakage, breaking
Narrowerchip, chipping, splinteringThe act of chipping something
fracture, crack, crackingThe act of cracking something
ruptureThe act of making a sudden noisy break
smashing, shatteringThe act of breaking something into small pieces
Broaderchange of integrityThe act of changing the unity or wholeness of something
Catalanfraccionament, ruptura, trencadura, trencament, trenc
Spanishruptura
Verbsbreakbecome separated / separated into pieces or fragments
breakdestroy the integrity of
English > break: 75 senses > noun 7, time
MeaningA time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something.
Synonymspause, intermission, interruption, suspension
NarrowerblackoutA suspension of radio or tv broadcasting
caesuraA pause or interruption (as in a conversation)
dead airAn inadvertent interruption in a broadcast / broadcast during which there is no sound
delay, hold, time lag, postponement, waitTime during which some action is awaited
halftimeAn intermission between the first and second half of a game / game
lapseA break or intermission in the occurrence of something
letup, lullA pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished
respite, rest, relief, rest periodA pause for relaxation
time-outA brief suspension of play
Broadertime interval, intervalA definite length of time marked off by two instants
Catalaninterrupció, pausa, suspensió
Spanishpausa, suspensión
Verbsbreakinterrupt a continued activity
English > break: 75 senses > noun 8, state
Meaningbreaking of hard tissue such as bone.
Example "the break seems to have been caused by a fall"
Synonymfracture
Narrowercomminuted fracturefracture in which the bone is splintered or crushed
complete fracturebreak involving the entire width of the bone
compound fracture, open fracturebone fracture associated with lacerated soft tissue or an open wound
compression fracturefracture in which the bone collapses (especially in short bones such as vertebrae)
depressed fracturefracture of the skull where the bone is pushed in
displaced fracturefracture in which the two ends of the broken bone are separated from one another
fatigue fracture, stress fracturefracture resulting from excessive activity rather than a specific injury
hairline fracture, capillary fractureA fracture without separation of the fragments and the line of the break being very thin
impacted fracturefracture in which one broken end is wedged into the other broken end
incomplete fracturefracture that does not go across the entire width of the bone
simple fracture, closed fractureAn uncomplicated fracture in which the broken bones to not pierce the skin
Broaderinjury, hurt, harm, traumaAny physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
Catalanfractura
Verbsbreakfracture a bone of
breakbecome fractured
English > break: 75 senses > noun 9, event
MeaningThe occurrence of breaking.
Example"the break in the dam threatened the valley"
NarrowersnapA sudden breaking / breaking
Broaderseparation, breakup, detachmentcoming apart
Spanishgrieta, trizadura
Verbsbreakbecome separated / separated into pieces or fragments
English > break: 75 senses > noun 10, event
MeaningAn abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion).
Example"then there was a break in her voice"
Broaderchange, alteration, modificationAn event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
English > break: 75 senses > noun 11, act
MeaningThe opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool.
Part ofbilliardsAny of several games / games played on rectangular cloth-covered table (with cushioned edges) in which long tapering cue sticks are used to propel ivory (or composition) balls
pool, pocket billiardsAny of various games / games played on a pool table having 6 pockets
Broaderstroke, shot(sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand
Verbsbreakmake the opening shot that scatters the balls
English > break: 75 senses > noun 12, act
Meaning(tennis) a score consisting of winning a game / game when your opponent was serving.
Example"he was up two breaks in the second set"
Synonymbreak of serve
Categorytennis, lawn tennisA game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court
BroaderscoreThe act of scoring in a game / game / game or sport
Catalantrencament de servei
English > break: 75 senses > noun 13, act
MeaningAn act of delaying or interrupting the continuity.
Example"it was presented without commercial breaks"
Synonymsinterruption, disruption, gap
Narrowerbreaking off, abruptionAn instance of sudden interruption
cut-in, insert(film) a still picture that is introduced and that interrupts the action of a film
cut-in, insert(broadcasting) a local announcement inserted into a network program
heckling, barrackingshouting to interrupt a speech with which you disagree
interjection, interposition, interpolation, interpellationThe action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts
Broaderdelay, holdupThe act of delaying
Catalaninterrupció, interval, parèntesi, pausa
Spanishparéntesis, pausa
English > break: 75 senses > noun 14, act
MeaningA sudden dash.
Example"he made a break for the open door"
Narrowerfast break(basketball) a rapid dash to get a shot as soon as possible after taking possession of the ball
Broaderdash, sprintA quick run
Spanishfuga
English > break: 75 senses > noun 15, act
MeaningAny frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare.
Example"the break in the eighth frame cost him the match"
Synonymopen frame
BroaderscoreThe act of scoring in a game / game / game or sport
Spanishcuadro abierto, fallo
English > break: 75 senses > noun 16, act
MeaningAn escape from jail.
Example"the breakout was carefully planned"
Synonymsbreakout, jailbreak, gaolbreak, prisonbreak, prison-breaking
Broaderescape, flightThe act of escaping physically
Catalanevasió, fuga, fugida
Spanishfuga, huida
Verbsbreakmove away or escape suddenly
English > break: 75 senses > verb 1, change
Meaningterminate.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Examples
  • "break a lucky streak"
  • "break the cycle of poverty"
Synonyminterrupt
Narrowercut short, break short, break offinterrupt before its natural or planned end / end
freeze, suspendstop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it
hold on, stopstop / stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments
Broaderend, terminateBring to an end or halt
Catalaninterrompre
Spanishinterrumpir, romper
English > break: 75 senses > verb 2, change
MeaningBecome separated / separated into pieces or fragments.
PatternSomething ----s
ModelThe wooden sticks break; These glasses break easily
Synonymsseparate, split up, fall apart, come apart
Narrowerbreak up, fragment, fragmentize, fragmentisebreak or cause to break into pieces
burst, split, break openCome open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure
burst, bustbreak open or apart suddenly and forcefully
crushBecome injured, broken, or distorted by pressure
ladder, runCome unraveled or undone as if by snagging
punctureBe pierced or punctured
smashbreak suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow
snap, crackBreak suddenly and abruptly, as under tension
Broaderchange integritychange in physical make-up
See alsobreak upseparate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
fallPass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind
Similar tobreakDestroy the integrity of
Catalanpartir-se, partir, trencar-se, trencar
Adjectivesbreakablecapable of being broken or damaged
Nounsbreakthe act of breaking something
breakthe occurrence of breaking
break(geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
English > break: 75 senses > verb 3, change
MeaningRender inoperable or ineffective.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Broaderdamageinflict damage / damage upon
Similar tofail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break downstop operating or functioning
Nounsbreakagethe act of breaking something
English > break: 75 senses > verb 4, contact
Meaningruin completely.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymbust
Cause tobreak, wear, wear out, bust, fall apartgo to pieces
Narrowerbreak downCause to fall or collapse
Broaderdestroy, ruinDestroy completely
See alsobreak downmake a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of
break offbreak a small piece off from
break upset or keep apart
break up, break aparttake apart into its constituent pieces
Oppositerepair, mend, fix, bushel, doctor, furbish up, restore, touch onrestore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn / torn or broken
Similar tobreak, wear, wear out, bust, fall apartgo to pieces
Catalanespatllar-se, trencar-se, trencar
Spanishromper
Adjectivesbreakablecapable of being broken or damaged
Nounsbreakagethe act of breaking something
English > break: 75 senses > verb 5, change
MeaningDestroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
ModelThe girls break the wooden sticks
Narrowerbreak inbreak so as to fall inward
fracturebreak into pieces
shatterCause to break into many pieces
smash, dashbreak into pieces, as by striking or knocking over
Broaderseparate, dividemake a division or separation
Similar tobreak, separate, split up, fall apart, come apartBecome separated / separated into pieces or fragments
Catalanpartir, rompre, trencar
Spanishpartir, quebrar, romper
Adjectivesbreakablecapable of being broken or damaged
Nounsbreakage, breakthe act of breaking something
breakera quarry worker who splits off blocks of stone
English > break: 75 senses > verb 6, social
MeaningAct in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Examples
  • "break a law"
  • "break a promise"
Synonymstransgress, offend, infract, violate, go against, breach
Narrowerconflict, run afoul, infringe, contravenego against, as of rules and laws
drop the ball, sin, blunder, boob, goofCommit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake
sin, transgress, trespasscommit a sin
trespassbreak the law
trespass, intrudeEnter unlawfully on someone's property
Broaderdisrespectshow a lack of respect for
Oppositeobserve, keepconform one's action or practice to
Spanishviolar
English > break: 75 senses > verb 7, motion
MeaningMove away or escape suddenly.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s; Something is ----ing PP; Somebody ----s PP
Example "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"
Synonymsbreak out, break away
Broaderescape, get away, break looserun away from confinement
Similar tobreakmake a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
Nounsbreakan escape from jail
English > break: 75 senses > verb 8, motion
Meaningscatter or part.
PatternSomething ----s
Broaderdisperse, dissipate, scatter, spread outMove away from each other
Spanishdeshacerse
English > break: 75 senses > verb 9, emotion
MeaningForce out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up.
PatternSomebody ----s PP
Example"break into tears"
Synonymsburst, erupt
Broaderexpress emotion, express feelingsGive verbal / verbal / verbal or other expression to one's feelings
Spanishromper
English > break: 75 senses > verb 10, change
Meaningprevent completion.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example "break off the negotiations"
Synonymsbreak off, discontinue, stop
Narrowerbog down, bogget stuck while doing something
fractureBecome fractured / fractured
interrupt, disrupt, break up, cut offmake a break / break in
Broaderend, terminateBring to an end or halt
Catalaninterrompre, suspendre
Spanishabandonar, discontinuar, parar, romper, suspender
English > break: 75 senses > verb 11, social
MeaningEnter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act.
PatternSomebody ----s PP; Somebody ----s something
Synonymbreak in
Entailed byburglarize, burglarise, burgle, heistcommit a burglary
NarrowercrackGain unauthorized access computers with malicious intentions
Broadertrespass, intrudeEnter unlawfully on someone's property
English > break: 75 senses > verb 12, change
Meaningmake submissive, obedient, or useful.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody
Example"The horse was tough to break"
Synonymbreak in
Cause tobreakBe broken in
Broaderdomesticate, domesticize, domesticise, reclaim, tameOvercome the wildness of
Similar tobreakBe broken in
Catalancontrolar
Spanishcontrolar, domar, domesticar, entrenar
English > break: 75 senses > verb 13, stative
Meaningfail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymsviolate, go against
Narrowerfly in the face of, fly in the teeth ofgo against
Oppositeconform toobserve
Catalantrencar, violar, vulnerar
Spanishquebrantar, romper, violar, vulnerar
English > break: 75 senses > verb 14, competition
MeaningSurpass in excellence.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example "break a record"
Synonymbetter
Broadersurpass, outstrip, outmatch, outgo, exceed, outdo, surmount, outperformBe or do something to a greater degree
Spanishmejorar, perfeccionar
English > break: 75 senses > verb 15, communication
MeaningMake known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something; Somebody ----s something to somebody; Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Synonymsunwrap, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, give away, let out, uncover
Cause tobreak, get out, get aroundBe released or become known
Entailed bysell someone outGive information that compromises others
Narrowerbetray, bewrayreveal unintentionally
blackwashBring (information) out of concealment
blowCause to be revealed and jeopardized
come out of the closet, out, come outTo state openly and publicly one's homosexuality
confidereveal in private
leaktell anonymously
muckrakeexplore and expose misconduct and scandals concerning public figures
outreveal (something) about somebody's identity or lifestyle
revealdisclose directly or through prophets
spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, talk, tattle, blab, peach, babble, sing, babble out, blab outdivulge confidential information or secrets
springproduce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly / unexpectedly
BroadertellLet something be known
Similar tobreak, get out, get aroundBe released or become known
Catalandeclarar, manifestar, revelar
Spanishdeclarar, manifestar, revelar
English > break: 75 senses > verb 16, change
Meaningcome into being.
PatternSomething ----s
Broaderbecome, go, getEnter or assume a certain state or condition
Spanishromper
English > break: 75 senses > verb 17, change
Meaningstop operating or functioning.
PatternSomething ----s
ModelThese cars won't break
Synonymsfail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break down
Narrowerblow out, burn out, blowmelt, break, or become otherwise unusable
crash, go downstop operating
malfunction, misfunctionfail to function or function improperly
misfirefail to fire or detonate
BroaderchangeUndergo a change
Similar tobreakRender inoperable or ineffective
die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass, kick the bucket, cash in one's chips, buy the farm, conk, give-up the ghost, drop dead, pop off, choke, croak, snuff itPass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain / sustain life
Catalanavariar-se, espatllar-se, fallar, parar-se
Spanishfallar
Adjectivesbreakablecapable of being broken or damaged
English > break: 75 senses > verb 18, social
Meaninginterrupt a continued activity.
PatternSomething is ----ing PP; Somebody ----s PP
Synonymbreak away
Broaderseparate, part, split up, split, break, break updiscontinue an association / association / association or relation
Catalanabandonar, rompre, tallar, trencar
Spanishabandonar
Nounsbreaka time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
English > break: 75 senses > verb 19, motion
Meaningmake a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
Categorymilitary, armed forces, armed services, military machine, war machineThe military forces of a nation
Broaderflee, fly, take flightrun away quickly
Similar tobreak, break out, break awayMove away or escape suddenly
English > break: 75 senses > verb 20, motion
Meaningcurl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves.
PatternSomething ----s
Broadercollapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break, founderbreak down, literally or metaphorically
Spanishromper
Nounsbreakerwaves breaking on the shore
English > break: 75 senses > verb 21, change
Meaninglessen in force or effect.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example "break a fall"
Synonymsdampen, damp, soften, weaken
Narrowerdampen, deaden, dampmake vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible
deafenmake soundproof
Broaderdeaden, bluntmake less lively, intense, or vigorous
Catalanatenuar
Spanishatenuar
English > break: 75 senses > verb 22, change
MeaningBe broken in.
PatternSomebody ----s
Example"If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"
Caused bybreak in, breakmake submissive, obedient, or useful
BroaderchangeUndergo a change
Similar tobreak in, breakmake submissive, obedient, or useful
Catalantrencar
English > break: 75 senses > verb 23, stative
MeaningCome to an end.
PatternSomething ----s
Broaderend, stop, finish, terminate, ceaseHave an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense
English > break: 75 senses > verb 24, stative
MeaningVary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity.
PatternSomething ----s something
Broaderchange, alter, varyBecome different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics / characteristics or essence
Nounsbreaksome abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
English > break: 75 senses > verb 25, stative
MeaningCause to give up a habit.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
Cause tobreakGive up
Similar tobreakGive up
Catalandeixar
Spanishdejar
English > break: 75 senses > verb 26, stative
MeaningGive up.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"break cigarette smoking"
Caused bybreakCause to give up a habit
Broaderdiscontinue, stop, cease, give up, quit, lay offput an end to a state or an activity
Similar tobreakCause to give up a habit
Spanishromper
English > break: 75 senses > verb 27, stative
Meaningcome forth or begin from a state of latency.
PatternSomething is ----ing PP
Broadercome forth, emergehappen / happen / happen or occur as a result of something
English > break: 75 senses > verb 28, social
Meaninghappen or take place.
PatternSomething ----s
Example"Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
Broaderhappen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, pass, fall out, come about, take placeCome to pass
Usage ofcolloquialismA colloquial expression
Spanishsalir
English > break: 75 senses > verb 29, social
MeaningCause the failure or ruin of.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example "This play will either make or break the playwright"
BroaderruinDestroy or cause to fail
Oppositemakeassure the success of
English > break: 75 senses > verb 30, social
Meaninginvalidate by judicial action.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Broaderinvalidate, annul, quash, void, avoid, nullifydeclare invalid / invalid
English > break: 75 senses > verb 31, social
Meaningdiscontinue an association / association / association or relation; go different ways / ways.
PatternSomebody ----s
Synonymsseparate, part, split up, split, break up
Narrowerbreak, break awayinterrupt a continued activity
break withend a relationship / relationship
disassociate, dissociate, divorce, disunite, disjointPart
disunify, break apartBreak up or separate
divorce, split upGet a divorce
give the axe, give the bounce, give the gateterminate a relationship / relationship abruptly
secede, splinter, break awayWithdraw from an organization or communion
Catalandistanciar-se, separar-se
Spanishdistanciarse, separarse
Nounsbreaka personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
English > break: 75 senses > verb 32, social
MeaningAssign to a lower position; reduce in rank.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Somebody ----s something PP
Synonymsdemote, bump, relegate, kick downstairs
NarrowerreduceBring to humbler or weaker state or condition
sidelineRemove from the center of activity or attention
Broaderdelegate, designate, depute, assignGive an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
Oppositepromote, upgrade, advance, kick upstairs, raise, elevateGive a promotion to or assign to a higher position
English > break: 75 senses > verb 33, possession
MeaningReduce to bankruptcy.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody
Example"My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"
Synonymsbankrupt, ruin, smash
Broaderimpoverishmake poor
Catalanarruïnar, fer enfonsar
Spanisharruinar
English > break: 75 senses > verb 34, motion
Meaningchange directions suddenly.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
Broaderswitch, shift, changelay aside, abandon, or leave for another
English > break: 75 senses > verb 35, motion
Meaningemerge from the surface of a body of water.
PatternSomething ----s
BroaderappearCome into sight or view
Catalanemergir
English > break: 75 senses > verb 36, motion
Meaningbreak down, literally or metaphorically.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
Synonymscollapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, founder
Caused bycollapse, burstCause to burst
Narrowerbreakcurl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
buckle, crumpleFold or collapse
flopfall loosely
implode, go offBurst inward / inward
slump, slide down, sinkfall or sink heavily
BroaderchangeUndergo a change
Similar toabandon, give upstop maintaining or insisting on
collapse, burstCause to burst
Spanishcaer, ceder, colapsar, derrumbarse, irse a pique, romperse
English > break: 75 senses > verb 37, motion
MeaningDo a break dance.
PatternSomebody ----s
ModelSam and Sue break
Example"Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"
Synonymsbreak dance, break-dance
Broaderdance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toeMove in a pattern
English > break: 75 senses > verb 38, contact
MeaningExchange for smaller units of money.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"
Broaderchange, exchange, commute, convertExchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
Similar tobreak, break upDestroy the completeness of a set of related items
English > break: 75 senses > verb 39, contact
MeaningDestroy the completeness of a set of related items.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"The book dealer would not break the set"
Synonymbreak up
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Similar tobreakExchange for smaller units of money
Adjectivesbreakablecapable of being broken or damaged
English > break: 75 senses > verb 40, contact
Meaningmake the opening shot that scatters the balls.
PatternSomebody ----s
CategorybilliardsAny of several games / games played on rectangular cloth-covered table (with cushioned edges) in which long tapering cue sticks are used to propel ivory (or composition) balls
BroadershootThrow or propel in a specific direction or towards a specific objective
Nounsbreakthe opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
English > break: 75 senses > verb 41, contact
Meaningseparate from a clinch, in boxing.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
Broaderseparate, disunite, divide, partForce, take, or pull apart
English > break: 75 senses > verb 42, contact
Meaninggo to pieces.
PatternSomething ----s
Synonymswear, wear out, bust, fall apart
Caused bybreak, bustruin completely
Entailed byleakHave an opening that allows light or substances to enter or go out
Narrowerfray, frazzlewear away by rubbing
Broaderdecay, crumble, dilapidatefall into decay or ruin
See alsobreak away, break offbreak off (a piece from a whole)
break up, break apartbreak violently or noisily
Similar tobreak, bustruin completely
Catalandescompondre, fracturar-se, rompre's, trencar-se
Adjectivesbreakablecapable of being broken or damaged
English > break: 75 senses > verb 43, contact
Meaningbreak a piece from a whole.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"break a branch from a tree"
Synonymsbreak off, snap off
BroaderdetachCause to become detached or separated
Adjectivesbreakablecapable of being broken or damaged
Nounsbreakagethe act of breaking something
breakera quarry worker who splits off blocks of stone
English > break: 75 senses > verb 44, contact
MeaningBecome punctured or penetrated.
PatternSomething ----s
Similar tobreakpierce or penetrate
English > break: 75 senses > verb 45, contact
Meaningpierce or penetrate.
PatternSomething ----s something
Broaderpenetrate, perforatePass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
Similar tobreakBecome punctured or penetrated
Spanishromper
English > break: 75 senses > verb 46, communication
MeaningBe released or become known; of news.
PatternSomething ----s
Synonymsget out, get around
Caused byleaktell anonymously
unwrap, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, break, give away, let out, uncoverMake known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
Narrowerleak, leak outBe leaked
Similar tounwrap, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, break, give away, let out, uncoverMake known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
Catalandivulgar-se, esclatar, sortir a la llum
Spanishdivulgarse
English > break: 75 senses > verb 47, communication
MeaningCease an action temporarily.
PatternSomebody ----s
Example "let's break for lunch"
Synonymspause, intermit
Narrowerrest, breathe, catch one's breath, take a breatherTake a short break from one's activities in order to relax
take fiveTake a break for five minutes
take tenTake a ten minute break
Broaderinterrupt, disrupt, break up, cut offmake a break / break in
Nounsbreaka pause from doing something (as work)
English > break: 75 senses > verb 48, communication
Meaninginterrupt the flow of current in.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example"break a circuit"
Broaderinterrupt, disrupt, break up, cut offmake a break / break in
Nounsbreakera device that trips like a switch and opens the circuit when overloaded
English > break: 75 senses > verb 49, communication
MeaningUndergo breaking.
PatternSomething ----s
Broaderdiphthongize, diphthongisechange from a simple vowel to a diphthong
English > break: 75 senses > verb 50, cognition
MeaningFind a flaw in.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Examples
  • "break an alibi"
  • "break down a proof"
Broaderdestroy, ruinDestroy completely
Similar tobreakFind the solution or key to
Spanishdestruir
English > break: 75 senses > verb 51, cognition
MeaningFind the solution or key to.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"break the code"
Broadersolve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, workFind the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning / meaning of
Similar tobreakFind a flaw in
Spanishdescifrar
English > break: 75 senses > verb 52, change
Meaningchange suddenly from one tone quality or register to another.
PatternSomething ----s
Broaderswitch, shift, changelay aside, abandon, or leave for another
English > break: 75 senses > verb 53, change
Meaninghappen / happen.
PatternSomething ----s
Synonymsrecrudesce, develop
Broaderhappen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, pass, fall out, come about, take placeCome to pass
See alsobreak outstart abruptly
break throughpenetrate
Similar todevelopBe gradually disclosed or unfolded
Catalandonar-se, succeir
Spanishocurrir, pasar, recrudecerse, suceder
English > break: 75 senses > verb 54, change
MeaningBecome fractured; break or crack on the surface only.
PatternSomething ----s
Synonymscrack, check
Narrowercrackbreak partially but keep its integrity
BroaderchangeUndergo a change
Similar tocheck, chinkmake cracks or chinks in
crackCause to become cracked
Catalanesberlar-se, esquerdar-se, esquerdar, esquerdissar, fracturar-se, rompre's, rompre, trencar-se, trencar
Spanishromper
Adjectivesbreakablecapable of being broken or damaged
Nounsbreakbreaking of hard tissue such as bone
English > break: 75 senses > verb 55, change
Meaningcrack; of the male voice in puberty.
PatternSomething ----s
Example"his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
Broaderchange state, turnUndergo a transformation or a change of position or action
English > break: 75 senses > verb 56, change
Meaningfall sharply.
PatternSomething ----s
ModelThe stock market is going to break
Broaderdecrease, diminish, lessen, falldecrease in size, extent, or range
Catalanbaixar, caure
Spanishdesplomarse
English > break: 75 senses > verb 57, body
Meaningfracture a bone of.
PatternSomebody ----s something
ModelDid he break his foot?
Synonymfracture
Broaderinjure, woundCause injuries or bodily harm to
Similar tofracturebreak (a bone)
Nounsbreakbreaking of hard tissue such as bone
English > break: 75 senses > verb 58, body
Meaningdiminish or discontinue abruptly.
PatternSomething ----s
Broaderdecrease, diminish, lessen, falldecrease in size, extent, or range
Spanishcortar
English > break: 75 senses > verb 59, body
Meaningweaken or destroy in spirit or body.
PatternSomething ----s somebody
Broaderweakenlessen the strength of
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