- break as a noun:
- 16 as a verb:
Some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity:
— There was a break in the action when a player was hurt.
geology A crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other.
Dutch: breuk, breuklijn
A personal or social separation (as between opposing factions):
— They hoped to avoid a break in relations.
A pause from doing something (as work):
— We took a 10-minute break.
Dutch: speelkwartier, time-out
The act of breaking something:
— The breakage was unavoidable.
A time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something.
Dutch: break, onderbreking, pauze, rustpauze
Polish: intermezzo, przerwa
Breaking of hard tissue such as bone:
— The break seems to have been caused by a fall.
Dutch: botbreuk, breuk
The occurrence of breaking.
Dutch: breuk, doorbraak
An abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion).
The opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool.
tennis A score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving:
— He was up two breaks in the second set.
synonym: break of serve.
An act of delaying or interrupting the continuity:
— It was presented without commercial breaks.
A sudden dash.
Any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare:
— The break in the eighth frame cost him the match.
synonym: open frame.
An escape from jail:
— The breakout was carefully planned.
Dutch: ontsnapping, uitbraak
— Break a lucky streak.
— Break the cycle of poverty.
Become separated into pieces or fragments.
Dutch: begeven, bezwijken, kapotgaan, schiften, stukgaan
Render inoperable or ineffective.
Dutch: kapotmaken, moeren, mollen
Destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments.
Dutch: breken, doorbreken, kapotgaan, overtreden, stukgaan, stukmaken
Act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises:
— Break a law.
— Break a promise.
Dutch: misdoen, schenden, verbreken
Move away or escape suddenly:
— Nobody can break out--this prison is high security.
Scatter or part.
Force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up:
— Break into tears.
— Break off the negotiations.
Dutch: afbreken, staken
Enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act.
synonym: break in.
Make submissive, obedient, or useful:
— The horse was tough to break.
synonym: break in.
Surpass in excellence:
— Break a record.
Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret.
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Dutch: blootleggen, ontboezemen, onthullen, ontsluieren, openbaren, reveleren, uitgieten, uitstorten
Come into being.
Stop operating or functioning.
Dutch: afslaan, afspringen, het laten afweten, overlijden
Interrupt a continued activity.
synonym: break away.
Make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing.
Curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves.
Be broken in.
Come to an end.
Vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity.
Cause to give up a habit.
Come forth or begin from a state of latency.
Happen or take place.
Cause the failure or ruin of.
Invalidate by judicial action.
Discontinue an association or relation; go different ways.
Assign to a lower position; reduce in rank.
Reduce to bankruptcy:
— My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!.
Change directions suddenly.
Emerge from the surface of a body of water.
Break down, literally or metaphorically.
Exchange for smaller units of money.
Destroy the completeness of a set of related items:
— The book dealer would not break the set.
synonym: break up.
Polish: zdekompletowanie się
Make the opening shot that scatters the balls.
Separate from a clinch, in boxing.
Become punctured or penetrated.
Pierce or penetrate.
Interrupt the flow of current in.
Find a flaw in.
Find the solution or key to.
Change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another.
Become fractured; break or crack on the surface only.
Dutch: barsten, bersten, kloven, kraken
Crack; of the male voice in puberty.
Fracture a bone of.
Diminish or discontinue abruptly.
Weaken or destroy in spirit or body.
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