Noun: breaking brey-king
Verb: break (broke,broken) breyk
- The act of breaking something
"the breaking was unavoidable";
- breakage, break
"break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty";
- Become separated into pieces or fragments
"The figurine broke";
- separate, split up, fall apart, come apart
- Render inoperable or ineffective
"You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!";
- hose [N. Amer]
- Ruin completely
- Destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
"He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match"
- Act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
"break a law";
- transgress, offend, infract, violate, go against, breach
- Move away or escape suddenly
"The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"; "The horses broke away from the stable";
- break out, break away
- Scatter or part
"The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"
- Force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
"break into tears";
- burst, erupt
- Prevent completion
"break off the negotiations";
- break off, discontinue, stop
- Enter someone's (virtual or real) 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!"; "who broke into my account last night?";
- break in
- Make submissive, obedient, or useful
"The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern";
- break in
- Fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
"This sentence breaks the rules of syntax";
- violate, go against
- Surpass in excellence
"break a record";
- Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
"he broke the news to her";
- unwrap, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, give away, let out, lay bare
- Come into being
"light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air"
- Stop operating or functioning
"The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke";
- fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break down
- Interrupt a continued activity
- break away
- (military) make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
"The ranks broke"
- Curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
"The surf broke"
- Lessen in force or effect
"break a fall";
- dampen, damp, soften, weaken
- Be broken in
"If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"
- Come to an end
"The heat wave finally broke yesterday"
- Vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
- Cause to give up a habit
"She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"
- Give up
"break cigarette smoking"
- Come forth or begin from a state of latency
"The first winter storm broke over New York"
- Happen or take place
"Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
- Cause the failure or ruin of
"His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright"
- Invalidate by judicial action
- Discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
"The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple broke up after 25 years of marriage";
- separate, part, split up, split, break up
- Assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
- demote, bump, relegate, kick downstairs
- Reduce to bankruptcy
"My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!";
- bankrupt, ruin, smash
- Change directions suddenly
- Emerge from the surface of a body of water
"The whales broke"
- Break down, literally or metaphorically
"The dam broke";
- collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, founder
- Do a break dance
"Kids were break-dancing at the street corner";
- break dance, break-dance
- Exchange for smaller units of money
"I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"
- Destroy the completeness of a set of related items
"The book dealer would not break the set";
- break up
- (billiards) make the opening shot that scatters the balls
- Separate from a clinch, in boxing
"The referee broke the boxers"
- Go to pieces
"The lawn mower finally broke";
- wear, wear out, bust, fall apart
- Break a piece from a whole
"break a branch from a tree";
- break off, snap off
- Become punctured or penetrated
"The skin broke"
- Pierce or penetrate
"The blade broke her skin"
- Be released or become known; of news
"News of her death broke in the morning";
- get out, get around
- Cease an action temporarily
"let's break for lunch";
- pause, intermit
- Interrupt the flow of current in
"break a circuit"
- Undergo breaking
"The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"
- Find a flaw in
"break an alibi"; "break down a proof"
- Find the solution or key to
"break the code"
- Change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
"Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"
"These political movements break from time to time";
- recrudesce, develop
- Become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
"The glass broke when it was heated";
- crack, check
- Crack; of the male voice in puberty
"his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
- Fall sharply
"stock prices broke"
- Fracture a bone of
"I broke my foot while playing hockey";
- Diminish or discontinue abruptly
"The patient's fever broke last night"
- Weaken or destroy in spirit or body
- Yield information under interrogation or torture
"They managed to break him on the third day";
- Successfully decipher a code
Derived forms: breakings
See also: break away, break down, break off, break out, break through, break up, fall
Type of: alter, annul, appear, assign, avoid, become, blunt, break loose, break up, cease, change, change integrity, change of integrity, change state, come about, come forth, commute, convert, crumble, cut and run, cut off, damage, dance, deaden, decay, decrease, delegate, depute, designate, destroy, detach, dilapidate, diminish, diphthongise [Brit], diphthongize, discontinue, disperse, disrespect, disrupt, dissipate, disunite, divide, domesticate, domesticise [Brit], domesticize, emerge, end, escape, exceed, exchange, express emotion, express feelings, fall, fall out, figure out, finish, flee, fly, get, get away, give up, go, go on, hap, happen, impoverish, injure, interrupt, intrude, invalidate, lay off, lessen, lick, modify, nullify, occur, outdo, outgo [archaic], outmatch, outperform, outstrip, part, pass, pass off, penetrate, perforate, puzzle out, quash, quit, reclaim, ruin, scatter, separate, shift, shoot, solve, spifflicate, spiflicate, spread out, stop, surcease [archaic], surmount, surpass, switch, take flight, take place, tame, tell, terminate, trespass, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe, turn, unriddle, vary, void, weaken, work, work out, wound
Antonym: keep, make, repair
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