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Pronounce Break as B R EH AH K.

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  • Traditional IPA Phonetic transcription of break: | brɛæk |
  • Modern IPA Phonetic transcription of break: | brɛæk |

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Meanings for break

interruption, break(noun)

some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity

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

break, good luck, happy chance(noun)

an unexpected piece of good luck

"he finally got his big break"

fault, faulting, geological fault, shift, fracture, break(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"; "he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"

rupture, breach, break, severance, rift, falling out(noun)

a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)

"they hoped to avoid a break in relations"

respite, recess, break, time out(noun)

a pause from doing something (as work)

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

breakage, break, breaking(noun)

the act of breaking something

"the breakage was unavoidable"

pause, intermission, break, interruption, suspension(noun)

a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

fracture, break(noun)

breaking of hard tissue such as bone

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


the occurrence of breaking

"the break in the dam threatened the valley"


an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)

"then there was a break in her voice"


the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool

break, break of serve(noun)

(tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving

"he was up two breaks in the second set"

break, interruption, disruption, gap(noun)

an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

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


a sudden dash

"he made a break for the open door"

open frame, break(noun)

any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare

"the break in the eighth frame cost him the match"

break, breakout, jailbreak, gaolbreak, prisonbreak, prison-breaking(verb)

an escape from jail

"the breakout was carefully planned"

interrupt, break(verb)


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

break, separate, split up, fall apart, come apart(verb)

become separated into pieces or fragments

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


render inoperable or ineffective

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

break, bust(verb)

ruin completely

"He busted my radio!"


destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments

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

transgress, offend, infract, violate, go against, breach, break(verb)

act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises

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

break, break out, break away(verb)

move away or escape suddenly

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


scatter or part

"The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"

break, burst, erupt(verb)

force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up

"break into tears"; "erupt in anger"

break, break off, discontinue, stop(verb)

prevent completion

"stop the project"; "break off the negotiations"

break in, break(verb)

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, break(verb)

make submissive, obedient, or useful

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

violate, go against, break(verb)

fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns

"This sentence violates the rules of syntax"

better, break(verb)

surpass in excellence

"She bettered her own record"; "break a record"

unwrap, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, break, give away, let out(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"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"


come into being

"light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air"

fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down(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"

break, break away(verb)

interrupt a continued activity

"She had broken with the traditional patterns"


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"

dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break(verb)

lessen in force or effect

"soften a shock"; "break a fall"


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

"The flat plain was broken by tall mesas"


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

"The will was broken"

separate, part, split up, split, break, break up(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"

demote, bump, relegate, break, kick downstairs(verb)

assign to a lower position; reduce in rank

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

bankrupt, ruin, break, smash(verb)

reduce to bankruptcy

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


change directions suddenly


emerge from the surface of a body of water

"The whales broke"

collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break, founder(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"

break dance, break-dance, break(verb)

do a break dance

"Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"


exchange for smaller units of money

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

break, break up(verb)

destroy the completeness of a set of related items

"The book dealer would not break the set"


make the opening shot that scatters the balls


separate from a clinch, in boxing

"The referee broke the boxers"

break, wear, wear out, bust, fall apart(verb)

go to pieces

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

break, break off, snap off(verb)

break a piece from a whole

"break a branch from a tree"


become punctured or penetrated

"The skin broke"


pierce or penetrate

"The blade broke her skin"

break, get out, get around(verb)

be released or become known; of news

"News of her death broke in the morning"

pause, intermit, break(verb)

cease an action temporarily

"We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch"


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"

break, recrudesce, develop(verb)


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

crack, check, break(verb)

become fractured; break or crack on the surface only

"The glass cracked when it was heated"


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, break(verb)

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

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

a momentary halt in an activity

there was a brief break after the first movement as the doors to the concert hall were opened and the latecomers were allowed in

a period during which the usual routine of school or work is suspended

most of the students at the boarding school are going home for Christmas break

an open space in a barrier (as a wall or hedge)

the rancher repaired the break in the fence where the horse had gotten through

a favorable combination of circumstances, time, and place

in classic fashion, her big break came when, as an understudy, she took over for an ailing star

an unexpected benefit or advantage resulting from the uncertain course of events

a guy who just seems to get all the breaks in life

the act or an instance of getting free from danger or confinement

a desperate break from that hellhole

to cause to separate into pieces usually suddenly or forcibly

hated telling her that I had broken her favorite glass vase

to bring (as an action or operation) to an immediate end

the final vote broke the deadlock

to bring to a lower grade or rank

the captain was broken to lieutenant commander for disobeying a direct order from his group commander

to change (as a secret message) from code into ordinary language

Alan Turing and the Bletchley Park mathematicians broke the Enigma code being used by the Nazis

to come to a temporary halt in one's activity

she broke from her ruminations to find that it was already dinnertime

to cut into and turn over the sod of (a piece of land) using a bladed implement

farmers once broke fields with horse-drawn plows

to fail to keep

had to confess that he had broken his promise not to share their conversation with anyone

to find an answer for through reasoning

Professor Bates broke the problem when she realized that it was possible to synthesize the necessary compounds

to reduce the soundness, effectiveness, or perfection of

I broke a tooth on the hard candy

to stop functioning

after working for 30 years, the pump simply broke one day

to hasten away from something dangerous or frightening

the herd of gazelles broke when they saw the lions racing toward them from the ridge above

to use up all the physical energy of

the trek up the mountain just about broke me

to become known

as soon as the scandal broke, the CEO fled the country

to cause to lose one's fortune and become unable to pay one's debts

another bad investment could break him

to come into existence

the crisis had passed, and a new day was breaking

to depart abruptly from a straight line or course

the running back broke to his left before running out of bounds

to diminish the price or value of

distressing economic news that will break many energy stocks

to go beyond the limit of

a menu with prices that is likely to break the budgets of all but the wealthiest of diners

to penetrate the surface (as of water) from below

dolphins were breaking all around the boat

Example Sentences of break

Give me a break here.

I love break dancing.

I never break a promise.

I think we should break up.

My kids have their spring break soon.

I slept a little during lunch break because I was so tired.

I thought there was a possibility that Tom was going to break the contract.

Did I break it?

I plan to break up with her.

I think I deserve a break now.

Synonyms for break

recess good luck rift fault prison breaking breakout fracture suspension break of serve happy chance respite geological fault faulting shift interruption time out severance pause open frame breach breakage disruption jailbreak gap falling out prisonbreak breaking intermission rupture gaolbreak good fortune luckiness fluke sack crack chemise duty period transmutation displacement defect switch teddy shifting shimmy mistake slip flaw shift key demerit switching work shift cracking transformation error severing rest period deferral rest recession relief corner niche inlet reprieve abatement hiatus hanging abeyance suspension system temporary removal dangling disturbance commotion flutter hoo hah hurly burly spread col to do dislocation perturbation kerfuffle opening hoo ha demote kick downstairs cave in collapse let on break dance bring out interrupt offend reveal die disclose soften split up fail smash wear out weaken get around go bad break up expose transgress break away split unwrap come apart bankrupt ruin cut off dampen give away get out break off separate fall apart break out fall in give out go founder break in bust break dance stop intermit divulge disrupt snap off damp check violate erupt give develop break down discontinue give way conk out better part relegate burst bump infract go against recrudesce disturb discover wear let out single out distinguish ramify sort out carve up discriminate class divorce sort fork tell apart branch secern furcate tell secernate divide severalize assort dissever severalise disunite crumble differentiate go to pieces classify tear raid snap plunder spite rape outrage trespass spoil appal wound overstep hurt assault ravish buck pique desecrate dishonour injure dishonor bruise scandalise scandalize profane shock sin despoil appall run chip bunk turn tail fly the coop chip off scarper escape secede splinter take to the woods hightail it scat lam run away head for the hills come off flare up extravasate catch fire come out burst out break open break through ignite bristle conflagrate take fire belch explode abound flare irrupt combust push through arrest give up block up hold on barricade kibosh bar terminate finish break short cut short cease blockade hold back lay off quit block intercept contain knap turn back block off stop over end halt barge in cut in butt in chime in chisel in put in amend improve ameliorate meliorate snitch unveil pick up key out scupper get word shop shit learn chance upon exhibit widen light upon set off fall upon emit undo name come across get a line release get wind chance on betray debunk put out denounce introduce come upon publish attain see strike bring on find out grass uncover peril describe endanger identify find rat issue let loose hear happen upon produce tell on detect key notice display observe stag utter peter out function give off perish hold out endure lead hand out operate travel last go wrong bomb go away crumple take apart move ease up rifle decompose miscarry run low die out dissect move over pass out pass away drop dead blend in run short get going locomote expire lose it live give up the ghost kick the bucket blend plump run down fit flush it belong tumble become flat survive crush get snuff it flunk become analyse live on croak run out choke poop out pop off pall sound neglect extend start depart distribute decease pass proceed exit conk buy the farm hold up analyze yield work step down mince wash counteract cushion muffle dull buffer deaden subvert tone down moisten relent undermine stifle de escalate mute moderate countermine sabotage disperse disassemble fragmentise calve fragmentize take off crack up rive dissolve fragment adjourn cleave crash scatter dismantle break apart set forth dispel set out crock up start out dissipate sever pick resolve happen knock encounter chance submit banish dislodge pass on smash up dash bang up destroy deflower boom blast nail demolish consecrate devote contribute chip in have afford hold turn over hand gift render feed pay open grant establish fall flat return apply present make impart generate reach throw dedicate fall through join flop leave get together commit sacrifice kick in tire out assume jade tire don wear off get into have on wear down wear thin wear upon weary fatigue put on fag out bear outwear get about pull bypass take out go out pull out draw get off get away short circuit get by swing go around hesitate modernize uprise formulate spring up grow prepare rise make grow train modernise germinate originate explicate arise build up acquire educate evolve ensure hold in jibe tick off gibe chequer checker check out mark off condition assure tally suss out check off check over match check up on control look into ascertain mark insure go over discipline correspond curb check into determine retard watch see to it tick agree delay shear shatter space contravene go down subject tame cashier rend shiver sunder tear asunder subdue infringe dispart batter dash to pieces enfeeble enervate impair make tractable make docile make bankrupt discard dismiss discharge degrade set at nought lessen the force of unfold lay open be shattered be shivered be dashed to pieces dawn appear become bankrupt decline low health or strength fissure rent chasm CÆSURA dawning hop leap salto breeze breakdown adjournment disaggregated outage breaks holiday blackout breakup overcome vacation time out broken break up breath breather lull hols discontinuity gulf hole interstice interval separation void occasion opportunity room shot flight getaway rout disintegrate dismember can cut out desist (from) drop give over knock off leave off pack (up or in) shut off disrate downgrade reduce decipher decode decrypt furrow plow traduce answer dope (out) figure out puzzle (out) riddle (out) solve unravel unriddle work out blemish bloody compromise crab cripple cross (up) damage deface disfigure endamage harm mar vitiate conk (out) stall bolt bug out flee fly hightail (it) retreat run off skedaddle burn out do in do up drain exhaust fag frazzle harass kill knock out tucker (out) wash out circulate get round leak (out) out actualize begin commence engender form materialize set in spring cut sheer swerve veer yaw zag zig attenuate cheapen depreciate depress devaluate devalue lower mark down sink write down write off exceed outreach outrun overpass overreach overrun overshoot surpass transcend broach surface

Break in different languages

  • breek Afrikaans
  • انكسر, كسر, استراحةArabic
  • qırmaqAzerbaijani
  • лама́ць, разбі́ць, лама́цца, злама́цца, злама́ць, разбіва́ць, разбіва́цца, разбі́ццаByelorussian
  • нарушавам разбивам пробивам разбивам се прекъсвам чупя чупя се развалям се развалям пуквам чу́пя счупване цепнатина междучасие прибой разбиване пукнатина пауза пробив Bulgarian
  • trencar trencar el servei internar-se escapar-se entrada escapada Catalan
  • rozbít porušit rozbít se přestat fungovat pokazit zlomit zlomit si polámat se pokazit se pauza přestávka Czech
  • ødelægge brække stykke bryde krænke itu smadre knuse pause Danish
  • kaputtgehen brechen kaputtmachen aufbrechen pausieren zerbrechen knacken anbrechen dämmern Öffnung spalt break pause bruch German
  • χαλάω σπάω διάλειμμα Greek
  • rompiĝi rompi panei Esperanto
  • quebrar romper romperse descomponerse descomponer cambiar ruptura Spanish
  • hautsi, apurtu, puskatuBasque
  • خرد کردن شکستن خراب کردن Persian
  • särkeä lopettaa rikkoa särkyä lannistaa ratkaista murtaa hajota murtua tiltata tauko kajahtaa keskeyttää taittaa kertoa breikata pirstoa alentaa murskata nujertaa jakaa kesyttää kaataa mennä rikki hellittää pysäyttää muuttua uutisoida hajottaa koittaa murtautua aloittaa katkaista särkeminen särkyminen rikkoutuminen aukko käänne vastahyökkäys aamunkoitto pako syötönmurto murtaminen rikkominen väliaika murros aloituslyönti aamunkoite murtuma Finnish
  • se casser casser outrepasser muer battre contre-attaquer se rompre rompre briser diviser dégrader riposter se briser pause espace ouverture French
  • brekkeFrisian
  • bris Irish
  • brisScots Gaelic
  • crebar, quebrar, crebadura, quebraduraGalician
  • jokaGuarani
  • brisheyManx
  • שבירה, נשבר, שבר, הפר, התקלקל, שְׁבִירָהHebrew
  • टूटना Hindi
  • elromlik törik eltör eltörik megtör elront tör elkedvetlenít megszeg szünet Hungarian
  • կոտրվել ջարդվել կոտրել խախտել ջարդել փչանալ փչացնել Armenian
  • ruptarEsperanto
  • skemma brotna brjóta eyðileggja Icelandic
  • rompere rompersi pausa Italian
  • 割る, ひびが入る, 折れる, 破壊, 休憩, 犯す, 壊れる, 壊す, 割れる, 散らばる, 砕く, 破る, ブレークを取る, ブレークする, 隙間, ブレーク, 割れ目Japanese
  • ტყდომა მსხვრევა მტვრევა Georgian
  • сындыруKazakh
  • បាក់, បែកCambodian
  • 부수다, 쉬다, 부러지다, 깨다, 잔꾀부리다, 까발리다, 깨트리다, 부러뜨리다, 부서지다Korean
  • شکاندن Kurdish
  • сындырууKirghiz
  • frangere cōnfringō rumpō frangō Latin
  • sulaužyti Lithuanian
  • salauzt beigties paņemt pārtraukumu lūzt lauzt pārkāpt salūzt lūzums pārtraukums lūšana Latvian
  • whakararata, pekehāwani, whati, pōrutu, hotu, tūātea, puapuaMaori
  • кр́ши Macedonian
  • хагарахMongolian
  • breken kapotgaan kapotmaken pauzeren muteren overtreden stukgaan stukmaken Dutch
  • fragar, esberlar, quebrarOccitan
  • złamać złamać się połamać się łamać rozbić się rozbijać przerwa przełamanie Polish
  • romper quebrar desrespeitar partir estragar violar pausar tempo pausa Portuguese
  • llik'iyQuechua
  • rumper, romperRomance
  • rupe crăpa frânge sfărâma fractură pauză întrerupere rupere ruptură crăpătură deschidere Romanian
  • наруша́ть по́ртить нару́шить испо́ртить слома́ться лома́ть лома́ться разбива́ться разби́ться слома́ть разоря́ть делать перерыв разбива́ть разби́ть переры́в разло́м Russian
  • lomiti, ломитиSerbo
  • කඩනවාSinghalese
  • razbiti, zlomiti se, razbiti se, pokvariti se, zlomiti, prekršiti, pokvariti, odmorSlovenian
  • thyen thyej Albanian
  • sönder bryta spränga gå sönder ha avbryta ta avbrott paus break brott rast Swedish
  • kuvunjika kuvunja Swahili
  • இடைவெளி Tamil
  • విరుచు, విరగగొట్టు, చెడిపోవు, విరామంTegulu
  • шикастанTajik
  • เลิก, แตกThai
  • gyrmak, dövmekTurkmen
  • kırılmak kırmak Turkish
  • сындырыргаTatar
  • розби́ти, лама́ти, розбива́ти, злама́тиUkrainian
  • ٹوٹناUrdu
  • sindirmoq, buzmoqUzbek
  • làm bể bị bể Vietnamese

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