1. Some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity (synset 107382412)
    "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"
  2. An unexpected piece of good luck (synset 107331456)
    "he finally got his big break"
  3. (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other (synset 109301443)
    "they built it right over a geological fault"; "he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"
  4. A personal or social separation (as between opposing factions) (synset 107328414)
    "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"
  5. A pause from doing something (as work) (synset 101064921)
    "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"
  6. The act of breaking something (synset 100377208)
    "the breakage was unavoidable"
  7. A time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something (synset 115295994)
  8. Breaking of hard tissue such as bone (synset 114315592)
    "it was a nasty fracture"; "the break seems to have been caused by a fall"
  9. The occurrence of breaking (synset 107382148)
    "the break in the dam threatened the valley"
  10. An abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion) (synset 107312251)
    "then there was a break in her voice"
  11. The opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool (synset 100501291)
  12. (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving (synset 100483903)
    "he was up two breaks in the second set"
  13. An act of delaying or interrupting the continuity (synset 100384760)
    "it was presented without commercial breaks"; "there was a gap in his account"
  14. A sudden dash (synset 100295592)
    "he made a break for the open door"
  15. Any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare (synset 100188856)
    "the break in the eighth frame cost him the match"
  16. An escape from jail (synset 100060809)
    "the breakout was carefully planned"
  1. Terminate (synset 200364717)
    "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty"
  2. Become separated into pieces or fragments (synset 200334996)
    "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
  3. Render inoperable or ineffective (synset 200259551)
    "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"
  4. Ruin completely (synset 201372423)
    "He busted my radio!"
  5. Destroy the integrity of;
    Usually by force;
    Cause to separate into pieces or fragments (synset 200335806)
    "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match"
  6. Act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises (synset 202572443)
    "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"; "break a promise"
  7. Move away or escape suddenly (synset 202077161)
    "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"
  8. Scatter or part (synset 202033214)
    "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"
  9. Force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up (synset 201789214)
    "break into tears"; "erupt in anger"
  10. Prevent completion (synset 200363001)
    "stop the project"; "break off the negotiations"
  11. Enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act (synset 202576599)
    "Someone broke in while I was on vacation"; "They broke into my car and stole my radio!"; "who broke into my account last night?"
  12. Make submissive, obedient, or useful (synset 200202933)
    "The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern"
  13. Fail to agree with;
    Be in violation of;
    As of rules or patterns (synset 202674312)
    "This sentence violates the rules of syntax"
  14. Surpass in excellence (synset 201109275)
    "She bettered her own record"; "break a record"
  15. Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret (synset 200935783)
    "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"
  16. Come into being (synset 200559613)
    "light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air"
  17. Stop operating or functioning (synset 200435327)
    "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"
  18. Interrupt a continued activity (synset 202541382)
    "She had broken with the traditional patterns"
  19. Make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing (synset 202034609)
    "The ranks broke"
  20. Curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves (synset 201976990)
    "The surf broke"
  21. Lessen in force or effect (synset 200390886)
    "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
  22. Be broken in (synset 200203148)
    "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"
  23. Come to an end (synset 202752492)
    "The heat wave finally broke yesterday"
  24. Vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity (synset 202752324)
    "The flat plain was broken by tall mesas"
  25. Cause to give up a habit (synset 202687449)
    "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"
  26. Give up (synset 202687334)
    "break cigarette smoking"
  27. Come forth or begin from a state of latency (synset 202631268)
    "The first winter storm broke over New York"
  28. Happen or take place (synset 202606079)
    "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
  29. Cause the failure or ruin of (synset 202565221)
    "His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright"
  30. Invalidate by judicial action (synset 202484058)
    "The will was broken"
  31. Discontinue an association or relation;
    Go different ways (synset 202436167)
    "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"
  32. Assign to a lower position;
    Reduce in rank (synset 202404473)
    "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sergeant"
  33. Reduce to bankruptcy (synset 202323145)
    "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"
  34. Change directions suddenly (synset 202105651)
  35. Emerge from the surface of a body of water (synset 201995361)
    "The whales broke"
  36. Break down, literally or metaphorically (synset 201993067)
    "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"
  37. Do a break dance (synset 201900477)
    "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"
  38. Exchange for smaller units of money (synset 201613570)
    "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"
  39. Destroy the completeness of a set of related items (synset 201613367)
    "The book dealer would not break the set"
  40. Make the opening shot that scatters the balls (synset 201600916)
  41. Separate from a clinch, in boxing (synset 201560428)
    "The referee broke the boxers"
  42. Go to pieces (synset 201372011)
    "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"
  43. Break a piece from a whole (synset 201301517)
    "break a branch from a tree"
  44. Become punctured or penetrated (synset 201231088)
    "The skin broke"
  45. Pierce or penetrate (synset 201230960)
    "The blade broke her skin"
  46. Be released or become known;
    Of news (synset 200938019)
    "News of her death broke in the morning"
  47. Cease an action temporarily (synset 200781106)
    "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch"
  48. Interrupt the flow of current in (synset 200780790)
    "break a circuit"
  49. Undergo breaking (synset 200746425)
    "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"
  50. Find a flaw in (synset 200740445)
    "break an alibi"; "break down a proof"
  51. Find the solution or key to (synset 200740319)
    "break the code"
  52. Change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another (synset 200552489)
    "Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"
  53. Happen (synset 200340274)
    "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
  54. Become fractured;
    Break or crack on the surface only (synset 200337070)
    "The glass cracked when it was heated"
  55. Crack;
    Of the male voice in puberty (synset 200259252)
    "his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
  56. Fall sharply (synset 200154854)
    "stock prices broke"
  57. Fracture a bone of (synset 200107543)
    "I broke my foot while playing hockey"
  58. Diminish or discontinue abruptly (synset 200107408)
    "The patient's fever broke last night"
  59. Weaken or destroy in spirit or body (synset 200030456)
    "His resistance was broken"; "a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death"

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