break Definition

  • 1separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain
  • 2interrupt (a continuity, sequence, or course)
  • 3pause in work or during an activity or event

Using break: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "break" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The vase fell and broke into a million pieces.

  • Example

    I need to take a break from studying.

  • Example

    The teacher had to break up the fight between the students.

break Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with break

  • an expression used to wish someone good luck, especially before a performance


    Break a leg on your audition tomorrow!

  • to have income equal to expenses; to not make a profit or a loss


    We need to sell at least 100 units to break even.

  • to do or say something to relieve tension or get conversation started in a social situation


    I always find it hard to break the ice with new people.


Summary: break in Brief

The verb 'break' [breɪk] has several meanings, including to separate into pieces, interrupt a continuity, or pause in work or activity. It can refer to physical objects, such as 'The vase fell and broke into a million pieces,' or to activities, as in 'I need to take a break from studying.' The phrase 'break a leg' is used to wish someone good luck, while 'break even' refers to having income equal to expenses.

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