break VERB (past broke; past part. broken) 1) separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain. 2) make or become inoperative; stop working. 3) interrupt (a continuity, sequence, or course). 4) fail to observe (a law, regulation, or agreement). 5) crush the strength or spirit of. 6) surpass (a record). 7) succeed in deciphering (a code). 8) make a sudden rush or dash. 9) lessen the impact of (a fall). 10) suddenly make or become public. 11) (of a person's voice) falter and change tone. 12) (of a boy's voice) change in tone and register at puberty. 13) (of the weather) change suddenly, especially after a fine spell. 14) (of a storm) begin violently. 15) (of dawn or a day) begin as the sun rises. 16) use (a banknote) to pay for something and receive change. 17) make the first stroke at the beginning of a game of billiards, pool, or snooker.
NOUN 1) an interruption, pause, or gap. 2) a short rest or pause in work. 3) an instance of breaking, or the point where something is broken. 4) a sudden rush or dash. 5) informal an opportunity or chance. 6) (also break of serve or service break) Tennis the winning of a game against an opponent's serve. 7) Snooker & Billiards a consecutive series of successful shots. 8) a short s olo in jazz or popular music.
break away — Cf. ↑break away
break one's back (or neck) — Cf. ↑break one's neck
break the back of — Cf. ↑break the back of
break cover — Cf. ↑break cover
break down — Cf. ↑break down
break in — Cf. ↑break in
breaking and entering — Cf. ↑breaking and entering
break into — Cf. ↑break into
break a leg! — Cf. ↑break a leg!
break of day — Cf. ↑break of day
break off — Cf. ↑break off
break out — Cf. ↑break out
break out in — Cf. ↑break out in
break someone's serve — Cf. ↑break someone's serve
break up — Cf. ↑break up
break wind — Cf. ↑break wind
break with — Cf. ↑break with
give someone a br eak — Cf. ↑give someone a br eak
DERIVATIVES breakable adjective.
ORIGIN Old English.

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