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break as in 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"

Synonyms

  • interruption an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity; a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
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break as in an unexpected piece of good luck
  • "he finally got his big break"

Synonyms

  • good luck an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes ; a stroke of luck ; an unexpected piece of good luck
  • happy chance an unexpected piece of good luck
break as in (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"

Synonyms

  • fault put or pin the blame on ; a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; an imperfection in an object or machine; the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection; (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.); responsibility for a bad situation or event; (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)
  • faulting (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
  • geological fault (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
  • shift an event in which something is displaced without rotation ; a qualitative change ; the time period during which you are at work ; the act of changing one thing or position for another; the act of moving from one place to another; (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time ; the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters ; a woman's sleeveless undergarment ; a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist ; make a shift in or exchange of; change place or direction; move around; move very slightly; move from one setting or context to another; change in quality; move and exchange for another; move sideways or in an unsteady way; move abruptly; use a shift key on a keyboard; change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change; change gears; lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
  • fracture breaking of hard tissue such as bone; (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; the act of cracking something ; violate or abuse; interrupt, break, or destroy; break into pieces; become fractured; break (a bone); fracture a bone of
break as in a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
  • "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"

Synonyms

  • rupture separate or cause to separate abruptly; state of being torn or burst open ; a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); the act of making a sudden noisy break
  • breach act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; make an opening or gap in ; a failure to perform some promised act or obligation ; an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification) ; a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
  • severance a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); the act of severing
  • rift a gap between cloud masses; a narrow fissure in rock ; a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
  • falling out a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
break as in a pause from doing something (as work)
  • "we took a 10-minute break"
  • "he took time out to recuperate"

Synonyms

  • respite postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution ; a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort ; a pause from doing something (as work); an interruption in the intensity or amount of something ; a pause for relaxation; the act of reprieving
  • recess put into a recess; make a recess in; close at the end of a session; a state of abeyance or suspended business ; a small concavity ; an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands) ; an enclosure that is set back or indented ; a pause from doing something (as work)
  • time out a pause from doing something (as work)
break as in the act of breaking something
  • "the breakage was unavoidable"

Synonyms

  • breakage the quantity broken; reimbursement for goods damaged while in transit or in use ; the act of breaking something
  • breaking the act of breaking something
break as in a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

    Synonyms

    • pause interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing; cease an action temporarily; a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something ; temporary inactivity
    • intermission the act of suspending activity temporarily ; a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
    • interruption an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity; a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
    • suspension a mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy ; a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something ; temporary cessation or suspension ; an interruption in the intensity or amount of something ; a mechanical system of springs or shock absorbers connecting the wheels and axles to the chassis of a wheeled vehicle ; the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely); a temporary debarment (from a privilege or position etc)
    break as in breaking of hard tissue such as bone
    • "it was a nasty fracture"
    • "the break seems to have been caused by a fall"

    Synonyms

    • fracture breaking of hard tissue such as bone; (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; the act of cracking something ; violate or abuse; interrupt, break, or destroy; break into pieces; become fractured; break (a bone); fracture a bone of
    break as in the occurrence of breaking
    • "the break in the dam threatened the valley"
    break as in 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"
    break as in the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
      break as in (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
      • "he was up two breaks in the second set"

      Synonyms

      • break of serve (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
      break as in an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
      • "it was presented without commercial breaks"
      • "there was a gap in his account"

      Synonyms

      • interruption an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity; a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
      • disruption an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; a disorderly outburst or tumult; an event that results in a displacement or discontinuity ; the act of causing disorder
      • gap make an opening or gap in ; a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures; an open or empty space in or between things; a narrow opening; a pass between mountain peaks ; a difference (especially an unfortunate difference) between two opinions or two views or two situations ; an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
      break as in a sudden dash
      • "he made a break for the open door"
      break as in any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
      • "the break in the eighth frame cost him the match"

      Synonyms

      • open frame any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
      break as in an escape from jail
      • "the breakout was carefully planned"

      Synonyms

      • breakout an escape from jail
      • jailbreak an escape from jail
      • gaolbreak an escape from jail
      • prisonbreak an escape from jail
      • prison-breaking an escape from jail
      break as in terminate
      • "She interrupted her pregnancy"
      • "break a lucky streak"
      • "break the cycle of poverty"

      Synonyms

      • interrupt a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out ; make a break in; destroy the peace or tranquility of; interfere in someone else's activity; terminate
      break as in become separated into pieces or fragments
      • "The figurine broke"
      • "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"

      Synonyms

      • separate a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication ; a garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments ; independent; standing apart; separated according to race, sex, class, or religion; have the connection undone; act as a barrier between; force, take, or pull apart; mark as different; separate into parts or portions; divide into components or constituents; arrange or order by classes or categories; make a division or separation ; discontinue an association or relation; go one's own way; become separated into pieces or fragments; treat differently on the basis of sex or race ; come apart; divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork
      • split up an increase in the number of outstanding shares of a corporation without changing the shareholders' equity; get a divorce; separate into parts or portions; discontinue an association or relation; become separated into pieces or fragments
      • fall apart lose one's emotional or mental composure; go to pieces; break or fall apart into fragments; become separated into pieces or fragments
      • come apart become separated into pieces or fragments
      break as in render inoperable or ineffective
      • "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"
      break as in ruin completely
      • "He busted my radio!"

      Synonyms

      • bust lacking funds; a complete failure; the chest of a woman ; a sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person ; an occasion for excessive eating or drinking; ruin completely; search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on; separate or cause to separate abruptly; go to pieces; break open or apart suddenly and forcefully
      break as in destroy the integrity of
      • "usually by force"
      • "cause to separate into pieces or fragments"
      • "He broke the glass plate"
      • "She broke the match"
      break as in 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"

      Synonyms

      • transgress act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; spread over land, especially along a subsiding shoreline; commit a sin; pass beyond (limits or boundaries)
      • offend cause to feel resentment or indignation; act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; strike with disgust or revulsion; hurt the feelings of
      • infract act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
      • violate fail to agree with; act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; destroy; violate the sacred character of a place or language; force (someone) to have sex against their will; destroy and strip of its possession
      • go against fail to agree with; act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; resist
      • breach act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; make an opening or gap in ; a failure to perform some promised act or obligation ; an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification) ; a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
      break as in move away or escape suddenly
      • "The horses broke from the stable"
      • "Three inmates broke jail"
      • "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"

      Synonyms

      • break out start abruptly; begin suddenly and sometimes violently; move away or escape suddenly; take from stowage in preparation for use ; become raw or open
      • break away move away or escape suddenly; break off (a piece from a whole); interrupt a continued activity; withdraw from an organization or communion; flee
      break as in scatter or part
      • "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"
      break as in force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
      • "break into tears"
      • "erupt in anger"

      Synonyms

      • burst the act of exploding or bursting; rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms; a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason); a sudden intense happening; come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure; force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; burst outward, usually with noise; move suddenly, energetically, or violently; be in a state of movement or action; emerge suddenly; cause to burst; break open or apart suddenly and forcefully
      • erupt start abruptly; erupt or intensify suddenly; start to burn or burst into flames; break out; become active and spew forth lava and rocks; force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; appear on the skin; become raw or open
      break as in prevent completion
      • "stop the project"
      • "break off the negotiations"

      Synonyms

      • break off interrupt before its natural or planned end; prevent completion; break off (a piece from a whole); break a piece from a whole; break a small piece off from
      • discontinue put an end to a state or an activity; come to or be at an end; prevent completion
      • stop the event of something ending; the act of stopping something; a brief stay in the course of a journey; the state of inactivity following an interruption; a spot where something halts or pauses; a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it; a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations; (music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes; a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens; a restraint that checks the motion of something; an obstruction in a pipe or tube; come to a halt, stop moving; put an end to a state or an activity; stop from happening or developing; interrupt a trip; cause to stop; prevent completion; hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; seize on its way; have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; render unsuitable for passage; stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments
      break as in 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?"

      Synonyms

      • break in enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act; break into a conversation; start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role ; intrude on uninvited; break so as to fall inward; make submissive, obedient, or useful
      break as in make submissive, obedient, or useful
      • "The horse was tough to break"
      • "I broke in the new intern"

      Synonyms

      • break in enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act; break into a conversation; start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role ; intrude on uninvited; break so as to fall inward; make submissive, obedient, or useful
      break as in fail to agree with
      • "be in violation of"
      • "as of rules or patterns"
      • "This sentence violates the rules of syntax"

      Synonyms

      • violate fail to agree with; act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; destroy; violate the sacred character of a place or language; force (someone) to have sex against their will; destroy and strip of its possession
      • go against fail to agree with; act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; resist
      break as in surpass in excellence
      • "She bettered her own record"
      • "break a record"

      Synonyms

      • better comparative of `well'; from a position of superiority or authority; (comparative of `good') superior to another (of the same class or set or kind) in excellence or quality or desirability or suitability; (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness; (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable; more than half; something superior in quality or condition or effect; someone who bets ; a superior person having claim to precedence; the superior one of two alternatives; surpass in excellence; to make better; get better
      break as in 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"
      • "The newspaper uncovered the President's illegal dealings"

      Synonyms

      • unwrap remove the outer cover or wrapping of; make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
      • disclose make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; reveal to view as by removing a cover
      • let on make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
      • bring out make visible; bring out of a specific state ; prepare and issue for public distribution or sale; direct attention to, as if by means of contrast; bring onto the market or release; encourage to be less reserved; take out of a container or enclosed space; bring before the public for the first time, as of an actor, song, etc. ; make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
      • reveal make visible; make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; disclose directly or through prophets
      • discover discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally; make a discovery, make a new finding; make a discovery; find unexpectedly; make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; see for the first time; identify as in botany or biology, for example
      • expose the exposure of an impostor or a fraud; expose or make accessible to some action or influence; make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; to show, make visible or apparent; remove all or part of one's clothes to show one's body; reveal to view as by removing a cover; put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position ; expose to light, of photographic film ; expose while ridiculing; abandon by leaving out in the open air
      • divulge make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
      • give away make a gift of; make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; formally hand over to the bridegroom in marriage; give away information about somebody
      • let out express audibly; make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; bring out of a specific state ; make (clothes) larger
      • uncover remove all or part of one's clothes to show one's body; reveal to view as by removing a cover; make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
      break as in come into being
      • "light broke over the horizon"
      • "Voices broke in the air"
      break as in 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"

      Synonyms

      • fail fail to do something; be unsuccessful; disappoint, prove undependable to; stop operating or functioning; be unable; judge unacceptable; fail to get a passing grade; fall short in what is expected; become bankrupt or insolvent; prove insufficient; get worse
      • go bad stop operating or functioning; become unfit for consumption or use
      • give way move in order to make room for someone for something; break down, literally or metaphorically; end resistance, as under pressure or force; stop operating or functioning
      • die a small cube with 1 to 6 spots on the six faces; a device used for shaping metal ; a cutting tool that is fitted into a diestock and used for cutting male (external) screw threads on screws or bolts or pipes or rods ; pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; suffer or face the pain of death; be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame; stop operating or functioning; feel indifferent towards; languish as with love or desire; cut or shape with a die; to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player ; lose sparkle or bouquet; disappear or come to an end; suffer spiritual death
      • give out give off, send forth, or discharge; give to several people; prove insufficient; stop operating or functioning
      • conk out stop operating or functioning; use up all one's strength and energy and stop working
      • go functioning correctly and ready for action; a time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine ; a usually brief attempt; a board game for two players who place counters on a grid; change location; follow a procedure or take a course; move away from a place into another direction; enter or assume a certain state or condition; be awarded; have a particular form; stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; follow a certain course; be abolished or discarded; be or continue to be in a certain condition; make a certain noise or sound; perform as expected when applied; to be spent or finished; progress by being changed; continue to live and avoid dying; pass, fare, or elapse; pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; be in the right place or situation; be ranked or compare; begin or set in motion; have a turn; be contained in; be sounded, played, or expressed; blend or harmonize; lead, extend, or afford access; be the right size or shape; go through in search of something; be spent; give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number; stop operating or functioning
      • break down make ineffective; make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; lose control of one's emotions; stop operating or functioning; fall apart; cause to fall or collapse ; separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts ; collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
      break as in interrupt a continued activity
      • "She had broken with the traditional patterns"

      Synonyms

      • break away move away or escape suddenly; break off (a piece from a whole); interrupt a continued activity; withdraw from an organization or communion; flee
      break as in make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
      • "The ranks broke"
      break as in curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
      • "The surf broke"
      break as in lessen in force or effect
      • "soften a shock"
      • "break a fall"

      Synonyms

      • dampen suppress or constrain so as to lessen in intensity; make moist; deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping ; reduce the amplitude (of oscillations or waves) ; make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible; check; lessen in force or effect
      • damp slightly wet; a slight wetness ; deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping ; restrain or discourage; make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible; lessen in force or effect
      • soften make (images or sounds) soft or softer ; lessen in force or effect; give in, as to influence or pressure ; protect from impact; make less severe or harsh; make soft or softer; become soft or softer
      • weaken lessen the strength of; become weaker; destroy property or hinder normal operations; reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of; lessen in force or effect
      break as in be broken in
      • "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"
      break as in come to an end
      • "The heat wave finally broke yesterday"
      break as in vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
      • "The flat plain was broken by tall mesas"
      break as in cause to give up a habit
      • "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"
      break as in give up
      • "break cigarette smoking"
      break as in come forth or begin from a state of latency
      • "The first winter storm broke over New York"
      break as in happen or take place
      • "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
      break as in cause the failure or ruin of
      • "His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"
      • "This play will either make or break the playwright"
      break as in invalidate by judicial action
      • "The will was broken"
      break as in 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"

      Synonyms

      • separate a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication ; a garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments ; independent; standing apart; separated according to race, sex, class, or religion; have the connection undone; act as a barrier between; force, take, or pull apart; mark as different; separate into parts or portions; divide into components or constituents; arrange or order by classes or categories; make a division or separation ; discontinue an association or relation; go one's own way; become separated into pieces or fragments; treat differently on the basis of sex or race ; come apart; divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork
      • part to some extent; go one's own way; discontinue an association or relation; leave; come apart; force, take, or pull apart; something determined in relation to something that includes it; something less than the whole of a human artifact; a portion of a natural object; that which concerns a person with regard to a particular role or situation; the extended spatial location of something; the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group; an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole; a line of scalp that can be seen when sections of hair are combed in opposite directions; the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music; the effort contributed by a person in bringing about a result; an item that is an instance of some type
      • split up an increase in the number of outstanding shares of a corporation without changing the shareholders' equity; get a divorce; separate into parts or portions; discontinue an association or relation; become separated into pieces or fragments
      • split having been divided; (especially of wood) cut or ripped longitudinally with the grain; separate into parts or portions; separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument; discontinue an association or relation; go one's own way; come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure; extending the legs at right angles to the trunk (one in front and the other in back) ; a bottle containing half the usual amount ; a promised or claimed share of loot or money; a lengthwise crack in wood; an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; an old Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea ; a dessert of sliced fruit and ice cream covered with whipped cream and cherries and nuts ; (tenpin bowling) a divided formation of pins left standing after the first bowl; an increase in the number of outstanding shares of a corporation without changing the shareholders' equity; the act of rending or ripping or splitting something; division of a group into opposing factions
      • break up to cause to separate and go in different directions; discontinue an association or relation; come apart; break violently or noisily; make a break in; cause to go into a solution; suffer a nervous breakdown ; take apart into its constituent pieces ; destroy the completeness of a set of related items; set or keep apart; attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example; release ice; close at the end of a session; bring the association of to an end or cause to break up; come to an end; break or cause to break into pieces; cause to separate; separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts ; laugh unrestrainedly
      break as in assign to a lower position
      • "reduce in rank"
      • "She was demoted because she always speaks up"
      • "He was broken down to Sergeant"

      Synonyms

      • demote assign to a lower position
      • bump a lump on the body caused by a blow ; something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings; an impact (as from a collision); knock against with force or violence; come upon, as if by accident; dance erotically or dance with the pelvis thrust forward; assign to a lower position; remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied
      • relegate refer to another person for decision or judgment; assign to a lower position; expel, as if by official decree; assign to a class or kind
      • kick downstairs assign to a lower position
      break as in reduce to bankruptcy
      • "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"
      • "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"

      Synonyms

      • bankrupt financially ruined; reduce to bankruptcy; someone who has insufficient assets to cover their debts
      • ruin an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction; a ruined building; the process of becoming dilapidated ; an event that results in destruction ; failure that results in a loss of position or reputation ; destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined ; destroy completely; destroy or cause to fail; reduce to bankruptcy; reduce to ruins; deprive of virginity; fall into ruin
      • smash with a loud crash; a vigorous blow; a serious collision (especially of motor vehicles) ; a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head ; the act of colliding with something; a conspicuous success; hit hard; break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over; reduce to bankruptcy; hit violently; humiliate or depress completely; damage or destroy as if by violence; hit (a tennis ball) in a powerful overhead stroke ; collide or strike violently and suddenly; overthrow or destroy (something considered evil or harmful); break suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow
      break as in change directions suddenly
        break as in emerge from the surface of a body of water
        • "The whales broke"
        break as in 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"

        Synonyms

        • collapse an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion; a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in; the act of throwing yourself down; a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures) ; break down, literally or metaphorically; collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack ; fold or close up; fall apart; cause to burst; suffer a nervous breakdown ; lose significance, effectiveness, or value
        • fall in break down, literally or metaphorically; to take one's place in a military formation or line; become part of
        • cave in break down, literally or metaphorically; the sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it
        • give the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length ; cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense; be the cause or source of; transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; convey or reveal information; convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; organize or be responsible for; convey or communicate; give as a present; cause to happen or be responsible for; dedicate; give or supply; transmit (knowledge or skills); bring about; leave with; emit or utter; endure the loss of; place into the hands or custody of; give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; give (as medicine); give or convey physically; bestow; bestow, especially officially; move in order to make room for someone for something; give food to; contribute to some cause; break down, literally or metaphorically; estimate the duration or outcome of something; execute and deliver; deliver in exchange or recompense; afford access to; present to view; perform for an audience; be flexible under stress of physical force; propose; accord by verdict; manifest or show; offer in good faith; submit for consideration, judgment, or use; guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion; allow to have or take; inflict as a punishment; occur; consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man; proffer (a body part)
        • give way move in order to make room for someone for something; break down, literally or metaphorically; end resistance, as under pressure or force; stop operating or functioning
        • founder inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse ; a person who founds or establishes some institution; a worker who makes metal castings ; fail utterly; sink below the surface ; break down, literally or metaphorically; stumble and nearly fall
        break as in do a break dance
        • "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"

        Synonyms

        • break dance do a break dance; a form of solo dancing that involves rapid acrobatic moves in which different parts of the body touch the ground
        • break-dance do a break dance
        break as in exchange for smaller units of money
        • "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"
        break as in destroy the completeness of a set of related items
        • "The book dealer would not break the set"

        Synonyms

        • break up to cause to separate and go in different directions; discontinue an association or relation; come apart; break violently or noisily; make a break in; cause to go into a solution; suffer a nervous breakdown ; take apart into its constituent pieces ; destroy the completeness of a set of related items; set or keep apart; attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example; release ice; close at the end of a session; bring the association of to an end or cause to break up; come to an end; break or cause to break into pieces; cause to separate; separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts ; laugh unrestrainedly
        break as in make the opening shot that scatters the balls
          break as in separate from a clinch, in boxing
          • "The referee broke the boxers"
          break as in go to pieces
          • "The lawn mower finally broke"
          • "The gears wore out"
          • "The old chair finally fell apart completely"

          Synonyms

          • wear impairment resulting from long use; a covering designed to be worn on a person's body ; the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment; be dressed in; have on one's person; have in one's aspect; deteriorate through use or stress; have or show an appearance of; last and be usable; go to pieces; exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress; put clothing on one's body
          • wear out exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress; go to pieces; deteriorate through use or stress
          • bust lacking funds; a complete failure; the chest of a woman ; a sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person ; an occasion for excessive eating or drinking; ruin completely; search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on; separate or cause to separate abruptly; go to pieces; break open or apart suddenly and forcefully
          • fall apart lose one's emotional or mental composure; go to pieces; break or fall apart into fragments; become separated into pieces or fragments
          break as in break a piece from a whole
          • "break a branch from a tree"

          Synonyms

          • break off interrupt before its natural or planned end; prevent completion; break off (a piece from a whole); break a piece from a whole; break a small piece off from
          • snap off break a piece from a whole
          break as in become punctured or penetrated
          • "The skin broke"
          break as in pierce or penetrate
          • "The blade broke her skin"
          break as in be released or become known
          • "of news"
          • "News of her death broke in the morning"

          Synonyms

          • get out move out of or depart from; take out of a container or enclosed space; move out or away; express with difficulty; bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover; be released or become known; escape potentially unpleasant consequences
          • get around be released or become known; avoid something unpleasant or laborious; be a social swinger; move around
          break as in cease an action temporarily
          • "We pause for station identification"
          • "let's break for lunch"

          Synonyms

          • pause interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing; cease an action temporarily; a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something ; temporary inactivity
          • intermit cease an action temporarily
          break as in interrupt the flow of current in
          • "break a circuit"
          break as in undergo breaking
          • "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"
          break as in find a flaw in
          • "break an alibi"
          • "break down a proof"
          break as in find the solution or key to
          • "break the code"
          break as in 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 as in happen
          • "Report the news as it develops"
          • "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"

          Synonyms

          • recrudesce happen; become raw or open
          • develop make something new, such as a product or a mental or artistic creation; work out; gain through experience; come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes); come into existence; change the use of and make available or usable; elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; create by training and teaching; be gradually disclosed or unfolded; grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment; become technologically advanced; cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development; generate gradually; grow emotionally or mature; make visible by means of chemical solutions; superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry ; move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions; move into a strategically more advantageous position; elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme; happen; expand in the form of a series
          break as in become fractured
          • "break or crack on the surface only"
          • "The glass cracked when it was heated"

          Synonyms

          • crack of the highest quality; a long narrow opening ; a narrow opening; a long narrow depression in a surface ; a sudden sharp noise; a chance to do something; witty remark ; a blemish resulting from a break without complete separation of the parts; a purified and potent form of cocaine that is smoked rather than snorted; a usually brief attempt; the act of cracking something ; become fractured; make a very sharp explosive sound; make a sharp sound; hit forcefully; pass through (a barrier); break partially but keep its integrity; break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension; gain unauthorized access computers with malicious intentions; suffer a nervous breakdown ; tell spontaneously; cause to become cracked; reduce (petroleum) to a simpler compound by cracking ; break into simpler molecules by means of heat
          • check a written order directing a bank to pay money; an appraisal of the state of affairs; the bill in a restaurant; the state of inactivity following an interruption; additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct; the act of inspecting or verifying; a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.; something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress ; a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something ; a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard); the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess; obstructing an opponent in ice hockey ; (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king ; examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; make an examination or investigation; be careful or certain to do something; lessen the intensity of; stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution; put a check mark on or near or next to; slow the growth or development of; be verified or confirmed; be compatible, similar or consistent; block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey ; develop (a child's or animal's) behavior by instruction and practice; consign for shipment on a vehicle; hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping; abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey ; stop in a chase especially when scent is lost; mark into squares or draw squares on; decline to initiate betting ; hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; place into check; write out a check on a bank account ; find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; verify by consulting a source or authority; arrest the motion (of something) abruptly; make cracks or chinks in; become fractured
          break as in crack
          • "of the male voice in puberty"
          • "his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
          break as in fall sharply
          • "stock prices broke"
          break as in fracture a bone of
          • "I broke my foot while playing hockey"

          Synonyms

          • fracture breaking of hard tissue such as bone; (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; the act of cracking something ; violate or abuse; interrupt, break, or destroy; break into pieces; become fractured; break (a bone); fracture a bone of
          break as in diminish or discontinue abruptly
          • "The patient's fever broke last night"
          break as in 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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