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break

 
 
pronunciation:
breIk
parts of speech:
noun, verb
phrases:
break down, break in(to), break up
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part of speech: noun
definition: a period of time when something stops.
We took a break from our work to eat lunch.
synonyms:
pause
similar words:
gap, rest, stop
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: breaks, breaking, broke, broken
definition 1: to make something come apart into pieces.
She broke the candy into two pieces for the children.
similar words:
burst, clip, crash, crush, fracture, grind, split, tear
definition 2: to damage something so that you cannot use it.
If you hit the TV, you'll break it.He broke his arm when he fell.
synonyms:
destroy, ruin, wreck
antonyms:
mend
similar words:
blast, crack, crash, damage
definition 3: to stop operating because of damage.
My watch broke.
similar words:
crack, fail
phrase: break down
phrase: break in(to)
phrase: break up
derivation: breakable (adj.)
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