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break (n):
an escape from jail
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the breakout was carefully planned
Related Words: out
break (n):
any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
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the break in the eighth frame cost him the match
break (n):
a sudden dash
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he made a break for the open door
break (n):
the act of breaking something
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the breakage was unavoidable
Related Words: age
break (n):
an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
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it was presented without commercial breaks.
there was a gap in his account

Related Words: disruptioninterruption
break (n):
(tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
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he was up two breaks in the second set
break (n):
the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
break (n):
a pause from doing something (as work)
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we took a 10-minute break.
he took time out to recuperate

Related Words: recess
break (n):
an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)
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then there was a break in her voice
break (n):
a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
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they hoped to avoid a break in relations
Related Words: severance
break (n):
an unexpected piece of good luck
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he finally got his big break
break (n):
the occurrence of breaking
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the break in the dam threatened the valley
break (n):
some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
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the telephone is an annoying interruption.
there was a break in the action when a player was hurt
break (n):
(geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
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they built it right over a geological fault.
he studied the faulting of the earth's crust

Related Words: fracture
break (n):
breaking of hard tissue such as bone
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it was a nasty fracture.
the break seems to have been caused by a fall

Related Words: fracture
break (n):
a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
Related Words: pausesuspension
break (v):
weaken or destroy in spirit or body
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His resistance was broken.
a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death
break (v):
diminish or discontinue abruptly
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The patient's fever broke last night
break (v):
fracture a bone of
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I broke my foot while playing hockey
Related Words: fracture
break (v):
fall sharply
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stock prices broke
break (v):
make submissive, obedient, or useful
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The horse was tough to break.
I broke in the new intern
break (v):
be broken in
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If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress
break (v):
prevent completion
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stop the project.
break off the negotiations

Related Words: discontinuestop
break (v):
terminate
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She interrupted her pregnancy.
break a lucky streak.
break the cycle of poverty
break (v):
crack; of the male voice in puberty
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his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir
break (v):
render inoperable or ineffective
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You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!
break (v):
become separated into pieces or fragments
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The figurine broke.
The freshly baked loaf fell apart
break (v):
destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
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He broke the glass plate.
She broke the match
break (v):
become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
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The glass cracked when it was heated
Related Words: check
break (v):
happen
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Report the news as it develops.
These political movements recrudesce from time to time

Related Words: developrecrudesce
break (v):
pierce or penetrate
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The blade broke her skin
break (v):
become punctured or penetrated
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The skin broke
break (v):
lessen in force or effect
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soften a shock.
break a fall

Related Words: dampweaken
break (v):
stop operating or functioning
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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

Related Words: downfail
break (v):
change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
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Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children
break (v):
come into being
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light broke over the horizon.
Voices broke in the air
break (v):
make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
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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

Related Words: disclosediscoverdivulgeexposegive awayreveal
break (v):
be released or become known; of news
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News of her death broke in the morning
break (v):
find the solution or key to
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break the code
break (v):
find a flaw in
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break an alibi.
break down a proof
break (v):
undergo breaking
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The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages
break (v):
interrupt the flow of current in
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break a circuit
break (v):
cease an action temporarily
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We pause for station identification.
let's break for lunch

Related Words: intermitpause
break (v):
surpass in excellence
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She bettered her own record.
break a record

Related Word: better
break (v):
break a piece from a whole
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break a branch from a tree
break (v):
go to pieces
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The lawn mower finally broke.
The gears wore out.
The old chair finally fell apart completely

Related Words: wear
break (v):
ruin completely
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He busted my radio!
Related Words: bust
break (v):
scatter or part
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The clouds broke after the heavy downpour
break (v):
make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
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The ranks broke
break (v):
separate from a clinch, in boxing
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The referee broke the boxers
break (v):
make the opening shot that scatters the balls
break (v):
destroy the completeness of a set of related items
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The book dealer would not break the set
break (v):
exchange for smaller units of money
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I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy
break (v):
force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
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break into tears.
erupt in anger
break (v):
do a break dance
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Kids were break-dancing at the street corner
Related Word:  dance
break (v):
emerge from the surface of a body of water
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The whales broke
break (v):
curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
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The surf broke
break (v):
break down, literally or metaphorically
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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

Related Words: cave incollapse
break (v):
move away or escape suddenly
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The horses broke from the stable.
Three inmates broke jail.
Nobody can break out--this prison is high security

Related Words: out
break (v):
change directions suddenly
break (v):
reduce to bankruptcy
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My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!
The slump in the financial markets smashed him

Related Word: bankrupt
break (v):
come forth or begin from a state of latency
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The first winter storm broke over New York
break (v):
assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
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She was demoted because she always speaks up.
He was broken down to Sergeant

Related Words: bumpdemoterelegate
break (v):
discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
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The business partners broke over a tax question.
The couple separated after 25 years of marriage.
My friend and I split up

Related Words: upseparatesplit
break (v):
invalidate by judicial action
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The will was broken
break (v):
interrupt a continued activity
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She had broken with the traditional patterns
break (v):
cause the failure or ruin of
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His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage.
This play will either make or break the playwright
break (v):
act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
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offend all laws of humanity.
violate the basic laws or human civilization.
break a law.
break a promise

Related Words: breachinfractoffendtransgressviolate
break (v):
enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
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Someone broke in while I was on vacation.
They broke into my car and stole my radio!
who broke into my account last night?

Related Word:  in
break (v):
happen or take place
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Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months
break (v):
fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
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This sentence violates the rules of syntax
Related Word: violate
break (v):
give up
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break cigarette smoking
break (v):
cause to give up a habit
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She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes
break (v):
vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
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The flat plain was broken by tall mesas
break (v):
come to an end
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The heat wave finally broke yesterday
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Lies have short wings

Yalancının mumu yatsıya kadar yanar.
lies are always exposed eventually, lies cannot last forever


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