Part Of Speech: verb
Definition: To separate into two or more pieces, to fracture or crack, by a process that cannot easily be reversed for reassembly.
Example: If the vase falls to the floor, it might break.
Definition: To divide (something, often money) into smaller units.
Example: Can you break a hundred-dollar bill for me?
Definition: To cause (a person or animal) to lose spirit or will; to crush the spirits of.
Example: Her child's death broke Angela.
Definition: To be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief.
Example: My heart is breaking.
Definition: To interrupt; to destroy the continuity of; to dissolve or terminate.
Example: I had won four games in a row, but now you've broken my streak of luck.
Definition: To ruin financially.
Example: The recession broke some small businesses.
Definition: To violate, to not adhere to.
Example: He broke his vows by cheating on his wife.
Definition: (of a fever) To pass the most dangerous part of the illness; to go down, in terms of temperature.
Example: Susan's fever broke at about 3 AM, and the doctor said the worst was over.
Definition: (of a spell of settled weather) To end.
Example: The forecast says the hot weather will break by midweek.
Definition: (of a storm) To begin; to end.
Example: Around midday the storm broke, and the afternoon was calm and sunny.
Definition: (of morning, dawn, day etc.) To arrive.
Example: Morning has broken.
Definition: 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.
Example: Changing the rules to let white have three extra queens would break chess.
Definition: To stop, or to cause to stop, functioning properly or altogether.
Example: Did you two break the trolley by racing with it?
Definition: To cause (a barrier) to no longer bar.
Example: break a seal
Definition: To destroy the arrangement of; to throw into disorder; to pierce.
Example: The cavalry were not able to break the British squares.
Definition: (of a wave of water) To collapse into surf, after arriving in shallow water.
Definition: To burst forth; to make its way; to come into view.
Definition: To interrupt or cease one's work or occupation temporarily.
Example: Let's break for lunch.
Definition: To interrupt (a fall) by inserting something so that the falling object does not (immediately) hit something else beneath.
Example: He survived the jump out the window because the bushes below broke his fall.
Definition: To disclose or make known an item of news, etc.
Example: I don't know how to break this to you, but your cat is not coming back.
Definition: (of a sound) To become audible suddenly.
Definition: To change a steady state abruptly.
Example: His coughing broke the silence.
Definition: To suddenly become.
Example: The arrest was standard, when suddenly the suspect broke ugly.
Definition: Of a male voice, to become deeper at puberty.
Definition: Of a voice, to alter in type due to emotion or strain: in men generally to go up, in women sometimes to go down; to crack.
Example: His voice breaks when he gets emotional.
Definition: To surpass or do better than (a specific number), to do better than (a record), setting a new record.
Example: He broke the men's 100-meter record.
Definition: (most often in the passive tense) To demote, to reduce the military rank of.
Definition: To end (a connection), to disconnect.
Example: I couldn't hear a thing he was saying, so I broke the connection and called him back.
Definition: (of an emulsion) To demulsify.
Definition: To counter-attack
Definition: To lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or communicate.
Definition: To become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose health or strength.
Definition: To fail in business; to become bankrupt.
Definition: To destroy the strength, firmness, or consistency of.
Example: to break flax
Definition: To destroy the official character and standing of; to cashier; to dismiss.
Definition: To make an abrupt or sudden change; to change the gait.
Example: to break into a run or gallop
Definition: To fall out; to terminate friendship.
Definition: To terminate the execution of a program before normal completion.
Definition: To suspend the execution of a program during debugging so that the state of the program can be investigated.