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Break vs. Crash — What's the Difference?

Break vs. Crash — What's the Difference?

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Break

Separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain
The rope broke with a loud snap
Windows in the street were broken by the blast
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Crash

To break violently or noisily; smash
The dishes crashed to pieces on the floor.
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Break

Interrupt (a continuity, sequence, or course)
The new government broke the pattern of growth
His concentration was broken by a sound
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Crash

To undergo sudden damage or destruction on impact
The car crashed into a tree.
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Break

Fail to observe (a law, regulation, or agreement)
The council says it will prosecute traders who break the law
A legally binding contract which can only be broken by mutual consent
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Crash

To make a sudden loud noise
The cymbals crash at the end of each measure.
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Break

Crush the emotional strength, spirit, or resistance of
The idea was to better the prisoners, not to break them
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Crash

To move noisily or so as to cause damage
Went crashing through the woods.
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Break

(of the weather) change suddenly, especially after a fine spell
The weather broke and thunder rumbled through a leaden sky
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Crash

To undergo a sudden severe downturn, as a market or economy.
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Break

(of news or a scandal) suddenly become public
Since the news broke I've received thousands of wonderful letters
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Crash

(Computers) To stop functioning due to a crash.
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Break

(chiefly of an attacking player or team, or of a military force) make a rush or dash in a particular direction
Mitchell won possession and broke quickly, allowing Hughes to score
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Crash

(Slang) To undergo a period of unpleasant feeling or depression as an aftereffect of drug-taking.
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Break

An interruption of continuity or uniformity
The magazine has been published without a break since 1950
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Crash

To find temporary lodging or shelter, as for the night.
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Break

A pause in work or during an activity or event
I need a break from mental activity
A coffee break
Those returning to work after a career break
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Crash

To fall asleep from exhaustion.
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Break

A gap or opening
The track bends left through a break in the hedge
He stopped to wait for a break in the traffic
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Crash

To cause to crash
Crashed the truck into the signpost.
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Break

An instance of breaking something, or the point where something is broken
He was stretchered off with a break to the leg
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Crash

To dash to pieces; smash
Crashed the ice with a sledgehammer.
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Break

A rush or dash in a particular direction, especially by an attacking player or team
Norwich scored on a rare break with 11 minutes left
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Crash

(Informal) To join or enter (a party, for example) without invitation.
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Break

An opportunity or chance, especially one leading to professional success
He got his break as an entertainer on a TV music hall show
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Crash

A sudden loud noise, as of an object breaking
She looked up when she heard the crash outside.
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Break

A consecutive series of successful shots, scoring a specified number of points
A break of 83 put him in front for the first time
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Crash

A smashing to pieces.
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Break

A bud or shoot sprouting from a stem.
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Crash

A collision, as between two automobiles.
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Break

Former term for breaking cart
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Crash

A sudden severe downturn
A market crash.
A population crash.
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Break

Another term for brake
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Crash

A sudden failure of a hard drive caused by damaging contact between the head and the storage surface, often resulting in the loss of data on the drive.
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Break

To cause to separate into pieces suddenly or violently; smash.
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Crash

A sudden failure of a program or operating system, usually without serious consequences.
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Break

To divide into pieces, as by bending or cutting
Break crackers for a baby.
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Crash

(Slang) Mental depression after drug-taking.
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Break

To separate into components or parts
Broke the work into discrete tasks.
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Crash

A coarse, light, unevenly woven fabric of cotton or linen, used for towels and curtains.
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Break

To snap off or detach
Broke a twig from the tree.
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Crash

Starched reinforced fabric used to strengthen a book binding or the spine of a bound book.
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Break

To cause to undergo a fracture of (a bone, for example)
The impact of the fall broke his leg.
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Crash

Of or characterized by an intensive effort to produce or accomplish
A crash course on income-tax preparation.
A crash diet.
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Break

To experience a fracture in (a bone, for example)
I broke my wrist when skateboarding.
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Crash

A sudden, intense, loud sound, as made for example by cymbals.
The piece ended in a crescendo, building up to a crash of cymbals.
After the lightning came the crash of thunder.
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Break

To crack without separating into pieces
Broke the mirror.
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Crash

An automobile, airplane, or other vehicle accident.
She broke two bones in her body in a car crash.
Nobody survived the plane crash.
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Break

To destroy the completeness of (a group of related items)
Broke the set of books by giving some away.
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Crash

(computing) A malfunction of computer software or hardware which causes it to shut down or become partially or totally inoperable.
My computer had a crash so I had to reboot it.
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Break

To exchange for smaller monetary units
Break a dollar.
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Crash

(finance) A sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures).
The stock market crash
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Break

To vary or disrupt the uniformity or continuity of
A plain that was broken by low hills.
Caught the ball without breaking stride.
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Crash

(informal) A comedown from a drug.
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Break

(Electricity) To render (a circuit) inoperative by disruption; open.
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Crash

(collective) A group of rhinoceroses.
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Break

To open (a shotgun or similar firearm) at the breech, as for loading or cleaning.
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Crash

(ecology) A sudden decline in any living form's population levels, often leading to extinction.
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Break

To force or make a way through; puncture or penetrate
The blade barely broke the skin.
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Crash

(textiles) A type of rough linen.
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Break

To part or pierce the surface of
A dolphin breaking water.
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Crash

Quick, fast, intensive, impromptu.
Crash course
Crash diet
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Break

To produce (a sweat) copiously on the skin, as from exercise.
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Crash

(intransitive) To collide with something destructively, fall or come down violently.
When the car crashed into a house, the driver was heavily injured.
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Break

To force one's way out of; escape from
Break jail.
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Crash

(transitive) To severely damage or destroy something by causing it to collide with something else.
I'm sorry for crashing the bike into a wall. I'll pay for repairs.
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Break

To make or bring about by cutting or forcing
Break a trail through the woods.
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Crash

To accelerate a project or a task or its schedule by devoting more resources to it.
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Break

To find an opening or flaw in
They couldn't break my alibi.
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Crash

To make or experience informal temporary living arrangements, especially overnight.
Hey dude, can I crash at your pad?
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Break

To find the solution or key to; uncover the basic elements and arrangement of
Break a code.
Break a spy ring.
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Crash

To give, as a favor.
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Break

To make known, as news
Break a story.
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Crash

To lie down for a long rest, sleep or nap, as from tiredness or exhaustion.
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Break

To surpass or outdo
Broke the league's home-run record.
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Crash

To terminate extraordinarily.
If the system crashes again, we'll have it fixed in the computer shop.
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Break

To overcome or put an end to, especially by force or strong opposition
Break a deadlock in negotiations.
Break a strike.
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Crash

To cause to terminate extraordinarily.
Double-clicking this icon crashes the desktop.
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Break

(Sports) To win a game on (an opponent's service), as in tennis.
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Crash

(intransitive) To experience a period of depression and/or lethargy after a period of euphoria, as after the euphoric effect of a psychotropic drug has dissipated.
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Break

To lessen the force or effect of
Break a fall.
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Crash

(transitive) To hit or strike with force
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Break

To render useless or inoperative
We accidentally broke the radio.
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Crash

To take a sudden and severe turn for the worse; to rapidly deteriorate.
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Break

To weaken or destroy, as in spirit or health; overwhelm with adversity
"For a hero loves the world till it breaks him" (William Butler Yeats).
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Crash

To make a sudden loud noise.
Thunder crashed directly overhead.
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Break

To cause the ruin or failure of (an enterprise, for example)
Indiscretion broke both marriage and career.
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Crash

To break in pieces violently; to dash together with noise and violence.
He shakt his head, and crasht his teeth for ire.
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Break

To reduce in rank; demote.
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Crash

To make a loud, clattering sound, as of many things falling and breaking at once; to break in pieces with a harsh noise.
Roofs were blazing and walls crashing in every part of the city.
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Break

To cause to be without money or to go into bankruptcy.
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Crash

To break with violence and noise; as, the chimney in falling crashed through the roof.
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Break

To fail to fulfill; cancel
Break an engagement.
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Crash

A loud, sudden, confused sound, as of many things falling and breaking at once.
The wreck of matter and the crash of worlds.
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Break

To fail to conform to; violate
Break the speed limit.
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Crash

Ruin; failure; sudden breaking down, as of a business house or a commercial enterprise.
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Break

(Law) To cause (a will) to be invalidated because of inconsistency with state inheritance laws or as a result of other legal insufficiency.
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Crash

Coarse, heavy, narrow linen cloth, used esp. for towels.
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Break

To give up (a habit).
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Crash

A loud resonant repeating noise;
He could hear the clang of distant bells
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Break

To cause to give up a habit
They managed to break themselves of smoking.
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Crash

A serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles);
They are still investigating the crash of the TWA plane
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Break

To train to obey; tame
The horse was difficult to break.
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Crash

A sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
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Break

To become separated into pieces or fragments.
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Crash

The act of colliding with something;
His crash through the window
The fullback's smash into the defensive line
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Break

To become cracked or split.
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Crash

(computer science) an event that causes a computer system to become inoperative;
The crash occurred during a thunderstorm and the system has been down ever since
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Break

To become fractured
His arm broke from the fall.
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Crash

Fall or come down violently;
The branch crashed down on my car
The plane crashed in the sea
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Break

To become unusable or inoperative
The television broke.
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Crash

Move with, or as if with, a crashing noise;
The car crashed through the glass door
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Break

To give way; collapse
The scaffolding broke during the storm.
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Crash

Undergo damage or destruction on impact;
The plane crashed into the ocean
The car crashed into the lamp post
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Break

To burst
The blister broke.
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Crash

Move violently as through a barrier;
The terrorists crashed the gate
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Break

To intrude
They broke in upon our conversation.
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Crash

Break violently or noisily; smash;
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Break

To filter in or penetrate
Sunlight broke into the room.
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Crash

Occupy, usually uninvited;
My son's friends crashed our house last weekend
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Break

To scatter or disperse; part
The clouds broke after the storm.
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Crash

Enter uninvited; informal;
Let's crash the party!
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Break

(Games) To make the opening shot that scatters the grouped balls in billiards or pool.
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Crash

Cause to crash;
The terrorists crashed the car into the gate of the palace
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Break

(Sports) To separate from a clinch in boxing.
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Crash

Hurl or thrust violently;
He dashed the plate against the wall
Waves were dashing against the rock
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Break

(Sports) To win a game on the opponent's service, as in tennis
Broke twice in the first set.
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Crash

Undergo a sudden and severe downturn;
The economy crashed
Will the stock market crash again?
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Break

To move away or escape suddenly
Broke from his grip and ran off.
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Crash

Stop operating;
My computer crashed last night
The system goes down at least once a week
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Break

To come forth or begin from a state of latency; come into being or emerge
A storm was breaking over Miami. Crocuses broke from the soil.
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Crash

Sleep in a convenient place;
You can crash here, though it's not very comfortable
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Break

To emerge above the surface of water.
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Break

To become known or noticed
The big story broke on Friday.
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Break

To change direction or move suddenly
The quarterback broke to the left to avoid a tackler.
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Break

(Baseball) To curve near or over the plate
The pitch broke away from the batter.
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Break

To change suddenly from one tone quality or musical register to another
His voice broke into a falsetto.
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Break

(Linguistics) To undergo breaking.
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Break

To change to a gait different from the one set. Used of a horse.
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Break

To interrupt or cease an activity
We'll break for coffee at ten.
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Break

To discontinue an association, an agreement, or a relationship
The partners broke over a financial matter. One hates to break with an old friend.
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Break

To diminish or discontinue abruptly
The fever is breaking.
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Break

To diminish in or lose physical or spiritual strength; weaken or succumb
Their good cheer broke after repeated setbacks.
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Break

To decrease sharply in value or quantity
Stock prices broke when the firm suddenly announced layoffs.
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Break

To come to an end
The cold spell broke yesterday.
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Break

To collapse or crash into surf or spray
Waves that were breaking along the shore.
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Break

(Informal) To take place or happen; proceed
Things have been breaking well for them.
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Break

To engage in breaking; break dance.
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Break

The act or an occurrence of breaking.
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Break

The result of breaking, as a crack, separation, or opening
A break in the clouds.
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Break

The beginning or emergence of something
The break of day.
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Break

A sudden movement; a dash
The dog made a break toward the open field.
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Break

An escape
A prison break.
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Break

An interruption or a disruption in continuity or regularity
Television programming without commercial breaks.
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Break

A pause or interval, as from work
A coffee break.
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Break

A sudden or marked change
A break in the weather.
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Break

A violation
A security break.
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Break

An often sudden piece of luck, especially good luck
Finally got the big break in life.
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Break

An allowance or indulgence; accommodating treatment
The boss gave me a break because I'd been sick.
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Break

A favorable price or reduction
A tax break for charitable contributions.
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Break

A severing of ties
Made a break with the past.
A break between the two families.
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Break

(Informal) A faux pas.
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Break

A sudden decline in prices.
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Break

A caesura.
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Break

The space between two paragraphs.
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Break

A series of three dots ( ... ) used to indicate an omission in a text.
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Break

The place where a word is or should be divided at the end of a line.
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Break

(Electricity) Interruption of a flow of current.
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Break

(Geology) A marked change in topography such as a fault or deep valley.
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Break

(Nautical) The point of discontinuity between two levels on the deck of a ship.
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Break

The point at which one register or tonal quality changes to another.
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Break

The change itself.
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Break

An improvised instrumental solo played in jazz and other popular music while the other musicians stop or play softly.
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Break

A change in a horse's gait to one different from that set by the rider.
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Break

(Sports) The swerving of a ball from a straight path of flight, as in baseball or cricket.
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Break

(Sports) The beginning of a race.
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Break

A fast break.
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Break

The separation after a clinch in boxing.
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Break

(Games) The opening shot that scatters the grouped balls in billiards or pool.
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Break

(Games) A run or unbroken series of successful shots, as in billiards or croquet.
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Break

Sports & Games Failure to score a strike or a spare in a given bowling frame.
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Break

(Sports) A service break.
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Break

Variant of brake6.
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Break

Break dancing.
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Break

To separate into two or more pieces, to fracture or crack, by a process that cannot easily be reversed for reassembly.
If the vase falls to the floor, it might break.
In order to tend to the accident victim, he will break the window of the car.
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Break

To crack or fracture (bone) under a physical strain.
His ribs broke under the weight of the rocks piled on his chest.
She broke her neck.
He slipped on the ice and broke his leg.
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Break

(transitive) To divide (something, often money) into smaller units.
Can you break a hundred-dollar bill for me?
The wholesaler broke the container loads into palettes and boxes for local retailers.
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Break

(transitive) To cause (a person or animal) to lose spirit or will; to crush the spirits of.
Her child's death broke Angela.
Interrogators have used many forms of torture to break prisoners of war.
The interrogator hoped to break her to get her testimony against her accomplices.
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Break

To turn an animal into a beast of burden.
You have to break an elephant before you can use it as an animal of burden.
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Break

(intransitive) To be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief.
My heart is breaking.
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Break

(transitive) To interrupt; to destroy the continuity of; to dissolve or terminate.
I've got to break this habit I have of biting my nails.
To break silence; to break one's sleep; to break one's journey
I had won four games in a row, but now you've broken my streak of luck.
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Break

To end the run of (a play).
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Break

(transitive) To ruin financially.
The recession broke some small businesses.
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Break

To fail in business; to go broke, to become bankrupt.
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Break

Of prices on the stock exchange: to fall suddenly.
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Break

(transitive) To violate; to fail to adhere to.
When you go to Vancouver, promise me you won't break the law.
He broke his vows by cheating on his wife.
Break one's word
Time travel would break the laws of physics.
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Break

To go down, in terms of temperature, indicating that the most dangerous part of the illness has passed.
Susan's fever broke at about 3 AM, and the doctor said the worst was over.
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Break

To end.
The forecast says the hot weather will break by midweek.
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Break

To begin or end.
We ran to find shelter before the storm broke.
Around midday the storm broke, and the afternoon was calm and sunny.
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Break

To arrive.
Morning has broken.
The day broke crisp and clear.
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Break

To render (a game) unchallenging by altering its rules or exploiting loopholes or weaknesses in them in a way that gives a player an unfair advantage.
Changing the rules to let white have three extra queens would break chess.
I broke the RPG by training every member of my party to cast fireballs as well as use swords.
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Break

To stop, or to cause to stop, functioning properly or altogether.
On the hottest day of the year the refrigerator broke.
Did you two break the trolley by racing with it?
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Break

To cause (some feature of a program or piece of software) to stop functioning properly; to cause a regression.
Adding 64-bit support broke backward compatibility with earlier versions.
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Break

(transitive) To cause (a barrier) to no longer bar.
Break a seal
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Break

(specifically) To cause the shell of (an egg) to crack, so that the inside (yolk) is accessible.
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Break

(specifically) To open (a safe) without using the correct key, combination, or the like.
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Break

(transitive) To destroy the arrangement of; to throw into disorder; to pierce.
The cavalry were not able to break the British squares.
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Break

To collapse into surf, after arriving in shallow water.
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Break

(intransitive) To burst forth; to make its way; to come into view.
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Break

(intransitive) To interrupt or cease one's work or occupation temporarily; to go on break.
Let's break for lunch.
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Break

(transitive) To interrupt (a fall) by inserting something so that the falling object does not (immediately) hit something else beneath.
He survived the jump out the window because the bushes below broke his fall.
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Break

To disclose or make known an item of news, a band, etc.
The newsman wanted to break a big story, something that would make him famous.
I don't know how to break this to you, but your cat is not coming back.
When news of their divorce broke, ...
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Break

To become audible suddenly.
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Break

(transitive) To change a steady state abruptly.
His coughing broke the silence.
His turning on the lights broke the enchantment.
With the mood broken, what we had been doing seemed pretty silly.
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Break

To (attempt to) disengage and flee to; to make a run for.
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Break

To suddenly become.
Things began breaking bad for him when his parents died.
The arrest was standard, when suddenly the suspect broke ugly.
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Break

To become deeper at puberty.
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Break

To alter in type due to emotion or strain: in men, generally to go up, in women, sometimes to go down; to crack.
His voice breaks when he gets emotional.
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Break

(transitive) To surpass or do better than (a specific number); to do better than (a record), setting a new record.
He broke the men's 100-meter record.
I can't believe she broke 3 under par!
The policeman broke sixty on a residential street in his hurry to catch the thief.
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Break

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Break

To win a game (against one's opponent) as receiver.
He needs to break serve to win the match.
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Break

To make the first shot; to scatter the balls from the initial neat arrangement.
Is it your or my turn to break?
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Break

To remove one of the two men on (a point).
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Break

To demote; to reduce the military rank of.
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Break

(transitive) To end (a connection); to disconnect.
The referee ordered the boxers to break the clinch.
The referee broke the boxers' clinch.
I couldn't hear a thing he was saying, so I broke the connection and called him back.
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Break

To demulsify.
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Break

To counter-attack.
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Break

To lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or communicate.
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Break

(intransitive) To become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose health or strength.
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Break

(transitive) To destroy the strength, firmness, or consistency of.
To break flax
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Break

(transitive) To destroy the official character and standing of; to cashier; to dismiss.
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Break

(intransitive) To make an abrupt or sudden change; to change gait.
To break into a run or gallop
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Break

To fall out; to terminate friendship.
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Break

To terminate the execution of a program before normal completion.
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Break

To suspend the execution of a program during debugging so that the state of the program can be investigated.
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Break

(computing) To cause, or allow the occurrence of, a line break.
Zero-width non-breaking space
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Break

To B-boy; to breakdance.
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Break

An instance of breaking something into two or more pieces.
The femur has a clean break and so should heal easily.
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Break

A physical space that opens up in something or between two things.
The sun came out in a break in the clouds.
He waited minutes for a break in the traffic to cross the highway.
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Break

A rest or pause, usually from work.
Let’s take a five-minute break.
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Break

A time for students to talk or play between lessons.
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Break

A scheduled interval of days or weeks between periods of school instruction; a holiday.
Winter break, spring break
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Break

A short holiday.
A weekend break on the Isle of Wight
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Break

A temporary split with a romantic partner.
I think we need a break.
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Break

An interval or intermission between two parts of a performance, for example a theatre show, broadcast, or sports game.
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A significant change in circumstance, attitude, perception, or focus of attention.
Big break
Lucky break, bad break
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(finance) A sudden fall in prices on the stock exchange.
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The beginning (of the morning).
At the break of day
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An act of escaping.
Make a break for it, for the door
It was a clean break.
Prison break
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The separation between lines, paragraphs or pages of a written text.
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(computing) A keystroke or other signal that causes a program to terminate or suspend execution.
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(programming) breakpoint
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A change, particularly the end of a spell of persistent good or bad weather.
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(tennis) A game won by the receiving player(s).
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The first shot in a game of billiards.
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(snooker) The number of points scored by one player in one visit to the table.
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(soccer) The counter-attack.
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(golf) The curve imparted to the ball's motion on the green due to slope or grass texture.
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(surfing) A place where waves break (that is, where waves pitch or spill forward creating white water).
The final break in the Greenmount area is Kirra Point.
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(horse racing) The start of a horse race.
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(dated) A large four-wheeled carriage, having a straight body and calash top, with the driver's seat in front and the footman's behind.
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(equitation) A sharp bit or snaffle.
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(music) A short section of music, often between verses, in which some performers stop while others continue.
The fiddle break was amazing; it was a pity the singer came back in on the wrong note.
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(music) The point in the musical scale at which a woodwind instrument is designed to overblow, that is, to move from its lower to its upper register.
Crossing the break smoothly is one of the first lessons the young clarinettist needs to master.
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(music) The transition area between a singer's vocal registers; the passaggio.
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An area along a river that features steep banks, bluffs, or gorges (e.g., Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, US).
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An error.
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(music) A section of extended repetition of the percussion break to a song, created by a hip-hop DJ as rhythmic dance music.
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To strain apart; to sever by fracture; to divide with violence; as, to break a rope or chain; to break a seal; to break an axle; to break rocks or coal; to break a lock.
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To lay open as by breaking; to divide; as, to break a package of goods.
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To lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or communicate.
Katharine, break thy mind to me.
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To infringe or violate, as an obligation, law, or promise.
Out, out, hyena! these are thy wonted arts . . . To break all faith, all vows, deceive, betray.
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To interrupt; to destroy the continuity of; to dissolve or terminate; as, to break silence; to break one's sleep; to break one's journey.
Go, release them, Ariel;My charms I'll break, their senses I'll restore.
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To destroy the completeness of; to remove a part from; as, to break a set.
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To destroy the arrangement of; to throw into disorder; to pierce; as, the cavalry were not able to break the British squares.
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To shatter to pieces; to reduce to fragments.
The victim broke in pieces the musical instruments with which he had solaced the hours of captivity.
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To exchange for other money or currency of smaller denomination; as, to break a five dollar bill.
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To destroy the strength, firmness, or consistency of; as, to break flax.
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To weaken or impair, as health, spirit, or mind.
An old man, broken with the storms of state.
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To diminish the force of; to lessen the shock of, as a fall or blow.
I'll rather leap down first, and break your fall.
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To impart, as news or information; to broach; - with to, and often with a modified word implying some reserve; as, to break the news gently to the widow; to break a purpose cautiously to a friend.
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To tame; to reduce to subjection; to make tractable; to discipline; as, to break a horse to the harness or saddle.
Why, then thou canst not break her to the lute?
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To destroy the financial credit of; to make bankrupt; to ruin.
With arts like these rich Matho, when he speaks,Attracts all fees, and little lawyers breaks.
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To destroy the official character and standing of; to cashier; to dismiss.
I see a great officer broken.
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To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder.
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To open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a bubble, a tumor, a seed vessel, a bag.
Else the bottle break, and the wine runneth out.
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To burst forth; to make its way; to come to view; to appear; to dawn.
The day begins to break, and night is fled.
And from the turf a fountain broke,and gurgled at our feet.
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To burst forth violently, as a storm.
The clouds are still above; and, while I speak,A second deluge o'er our head may break.
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To open up; to be scattered; to be dissipated; as, the clouds are breaking.
At length the darkness begins to break.
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To become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose health or strength.
See how the dean begins to break;Poor gentleman! he droops apace.
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To be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief; as, my heart is breaking.
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To fall in business; to become bankrupt.
He that puts all upon adventures doth oftentimes break, and come to poverty.
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To make an abrupt or sudden change; to change the gait; as, to break into a run or gallop.
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To fail in musical quality; as, a singer's voice breaks when it is strained beyond its compass and a tone or note is not completed, but degenerates into an unmusical sound instead. Also, to change in tone, as a boy's voice at puberty.
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To fall out; to terminate friendship.
To break upon the score of danger or expense is to be mean and narrow-spirited.
Fear me not, man; I will not break away.
He had broken down almost at the outset.
This radiant from the circling crowd he broke.
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Break

An opening made by fracture or disruption.
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An interruption of continuity; change of direction; as, a break in a wall; a break in the deck of a ship.
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An interruption; a pause; as, a break in friendship; a break in the conversation.
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An interruption in continuity in writing or printing, as where there is an omission, an unfilled line, etc.
All modern trash isSet forth with numerous breaks and dashes.
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The first appearing, as of light in the morning; the dawn; as, the break of day; the break of dawn.
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A large four-wheeled carriage, having a straight body and calash top, with the driver's seat in front and the footman's behind.
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See Commutator.
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Some abrupt occurrence that interrupts;
The telephone is an annoying interruption
There was a break in the action when a player was hurt
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An unexpected piece of good luck;
He finally got his big break
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(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
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A personal or social separation (as between opposing factions);
They hoped to avoid a break in relations
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A pause from doing something (as work);
We took a 10-minute break
He took time out to recuperate
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The act of breaking something;
The breakage was unavoidable
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A time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
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Breaking of hard tissue such as bone;
It was a nasty fracture
The break seems to have been caused by a fall
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The occurrence of breaking;
The break in the dam threatened the valley
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The opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
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(tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving;
He was up two breaks in the second set
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An act of delaying or interrupting the continuity;
It was presented without commercial breaks
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A sudden dash;
He made a break for the open door
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Any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare;
The break in the eighth frame cost him the match
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An escape from jail;
The breakout was carefully planned
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Terminate;
She interrupted her pregnancy
Break a lucky streak
Break the cycle of poverty
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Break

Become separated into pieces or fragments;
The figurine broke
The freshly baked loaf fell apart
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Break

Destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments;
He broke the glass plate
She broke the match
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Break

Render inoperable or ineffective;
You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!
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Break

Ruin completely;
He busted my radio!
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Break

Act in disregard of laws and rules;
Offend all laws of humanity
Violate the basic laws or human civilization
Break a law
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Break

Move away or escape suddenly;
The horses broke from the stable
Three inmates broke jail
Nobody can break out--this prison is high security
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Break

Scatter or part;
The clouds broke after the heavy downpour
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Break

Force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up;
Break into tears
Erupt in anger
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Prevent completion;
Stop the project
Break off the negociations
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Break

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!
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Break

Make submissive, obedient, or useful;
The horse was tough to break
I broke in the new intern
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Break

Fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns;
This sentence violates the rules of syntax
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Break

Surpass in excellence;
She bettered her own record
Break a record
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Break

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
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Break

Come into being;
Light broke over the horizon
Voices broke in the air
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Break

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
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Interrupt a continued activity;
She had broken with the traditional patterns
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Make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing;
The ranks broke
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Curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves;
The surf broke
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Lessen in force or effect;
Soften a shock
Break a fall
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Be broken in;
If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress
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Come to an end;
The heat wave finally broke yesterday
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Vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity;
The flat plain was broken by tall mesas
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Cause to give up a habit;
She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes
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Break

Give up;
Break cigarette smoking
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Come forth or begin from a state of latency;
The first winter storm broke over New York
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Happen or take place;
Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months
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Cause the failure or ruin of;
His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage
This play will either make or break the playwright
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Invalidate by judicial action;
The will was broken
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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
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Break

Assign to a lower position; reduce in rank;
She was demoted because she always speaks up
He was broken down to Sargeant
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Reduce to bankruptcy;
My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!
The slump in the financial markets smashed him
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Change directions suddenly
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Emerge from the surface of a body of water;
The whales broke
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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
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Do a break dance;
Kids were break-dancing at the street corner
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Exchange for smaller units of money;
I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy
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Destroy the completeness of a set of related items;
The book dealer would not break the set
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Make the opening shot that scatters the balls
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Separate from a clinch, in boxing;
The referee broke the boxers
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Go to pieces;
The lawn mower finally broke
The gears wore out
The old chair finally fell apart completely
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Break

Break a piece from a whole;
Break a branch from a tree
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Become punctured or penetrated;
The skin broke
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Pierce or penetrate;
The blade broke her skin
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Be released or become known; of news;
News of her death broke in the morning
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Break

Cease an action temporarily;
We pause for station identification
Let's break for lunch
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Interrupt the flow of current in;
Break a circuit
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Undergo breaking;
The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages
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Find a flaw in;
Break an alibi
Break down a proof
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Find the solution or key to;
Break the code
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Change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another;
Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children
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Happen;
Report the news as it develops
These political movements recrudesce from time to time
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Become fractured; break or crack on the surface only;
The glass cracked when it was heated
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Of the male voice in puberty;
His voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir
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Fall sharply;
Stock prices broke
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Fracture a bone of;
I broke my foot while playing hockey
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Diminish or discontinue abruptly;
The patient's fever broke last night
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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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