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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a device for slowing or stopping the motion of a vehicle, wheel, or the like, esp. by friction.
When I saw the deer in the road, I slammed on the brake.
similar words:
drag, restraint
definition 2: anything that tends to slow or stop motion or action.
Her look of skepticism was a brake on my enthusiasm.
check, constraint, curb, restraint
similar words:
control, drag, hindrance, obstacle, rein
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: brakes, braking, braked
definition: to cause to slow down or stop with or as if with a brake.
He couldn't brake the heavy truck quickly enough to avoid hitting the car.
halt, slow, stop
similar words:
arrest, curb, delay, hinder, impede, limit, restrain, retard
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to apply or operate the brake on a vehicle.
You shouldn't brake hard when you're driving on snow.The driver braked suddenly and the passenger was thrown forward.
definition 2: to slow down or stop when a brake is applied.
A railroad train cannot stop suddenly because it takes some time for it to brake.
halt, slow, stop
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derivation: brakeless (adj.)
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Are you looking for the word break? Brake and break sound alike but have different meanings.
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