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an escape from jail; "the breakout was carefully planned"
a sudden dash; "he made a break for the open door"
an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks"; "there was a gap in his account"
(tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving; "he was up two breaks in the second set"
the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
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"
an unexpected piece of good luck; "he finally got his big break"
the occurrence of breaking; "the break in the dam threatened the valley"
weaken or destroy in spirit or body; "His resistance was broken"; "a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death"
diminish or discontinue abruptly; "The patient's fever broke last night"
fall sharply; "stock prices broke"
be broken in; "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"
crack; of the male voice in puberty; "his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
render inoperable or ineffective; "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"
become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments; "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match"
happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the negotiations"
change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another; "Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"
come into being; "light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air"
find the solution or key to; "break the code"
find a flaw in; "break an alibi"; "break down a proof"
undergo breaking; "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"
interrupt the flow of current in; "break a circuit"
be released or become known; of news; "News of her death broke in the morning"
pierce or penetrate; "The blade broke her skin"
become punctured or penetrated; "The skin broke"
break a piece from a whole; "break a branch from a tree"
go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"
ruin completely; "He busted my radio!"
separate from a clinch, in boxing; "The referee broke the boxers"
make the opening shot that scatters the balls
destroy the completeness of a set of related items; "The book dealer would not break the set"
exchange for smaller units of money; "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"
force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger"
curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; "The surf broke"
emerge from the surface of a body of water; "The whales broke"
scatter or part; "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"
make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing; "The ranks broke"
move away or escape suddenly; "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"
change directions suddenly
invalidate by judicial action; "The will was broken"
interrupt a continued activity; "She had broken with the traditional patterns"
cause the failure or ruin of; "His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright"
happen or take place; "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
come forth or begin from a state of latency; "The first winter storm broke over New York"
give up; "break cigarette smoking"
cause to give up a habit; "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"
vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity; "The flat plain was broken by tall mesas"
come to an end; "The heat wave finally broke yesterday"