Synonyms of break in English:



  • 2 she had broken her leg in two places
    fracture, crack, smash
  • 3 the bite had barely broken the skin
    pierce, puncture, penetrate, perforate; cut, graze, make a flesh wound in
  • 6 his concentration was broken by a sound
    interrupt, disturb, interfere with
  • 7 at mid-morning they broke for coffee
    stop, pause, take/have a break, have a rest; recess, suspend proceedings
    informal knock off, take/have a breather, take five
    at mid-morning they broke for coffee
    [Antonyms] resume
  • 8 he landed on a pile of carpets which broke his fall
    cushion, lessen/reduce/soften the impact of, take the edge off, diminish, moderate, mitigate
  • 10 deeply established habits are very difficult to break
    give up, relinquish, drop, get out of
    informal kick, shake, pack in, quit
  • 13 four thousand pounds wouldn't break him
    bankrupt, make bankrupt, ruin, reduce to penury, reduce to nothing, pauperize
  • 16 the day broke fair and cloudless
    dawn, begin, start, come into being, come forth, emerge, appear
  • 17 a political scandal broke in mid-1991
    erupt, burst out, break out
  • 18 overnight, the weather broke
    change, undergo a change, alter, shift, metamorphose
  • 19 waves broke against the rocks
    crash, dash, beat, pound, lash; batter


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  • 2 a break in the weather
    change, alteration, variation
  • 7 informal she got her first break in 1951, with Broadway's ‘Gigi’
    opportunity, stroke of luck, chance, opening, foot in the door


break away

break down

break something down

  • 2 break big tasks down into smaller, more manageable parts
    divide, separate
    rare fractionate
  • 3 graphs show how the information can be broken down
    analyse, categorize, classify, sort out, itemize, organize; dissect; examine, investigate
    rare anatomize

break in

  • 1 thieves broke in and took her cheque book
    commit burglary, break and enter; force one's way in, burst in
    British archaic crack a crib

break someone in

there was no time to break in a new foreign minister trainprepareprimeinitiatecondition informalshow someone the ropes

break into

  • 1 £1,500 was stolen when thieves broke into a house in Perth Street
    burgle, rob; force one's way into, burst into
  • 2 Phil broke into the discussion
    interrupt, butt into, cut in on, intervene in; British put one's pennyworth in; North American put one's two cents in

break off

the fuselage had broken off just behind the pilot's seat snap offcome offbecome detachedbecome separatedbecome severed

break something off

break out

  • 2 fighting broke out between rival army units
    flare up, start/begin suddenly, erupt, burst out, blow up, set in

break up

  • 1 after about an hour, the meeting broke up
    come to an end, end, finish, stop, terminate; adjourn, recess
  • 3 Danny and I broke up last year
    split up, separate, part, stop living together, part company, reach a parting of the ways, become estranged; divorce, get divorced, get a divorce
    British informal bust up
  • 4 informal the whole cast broke up
    burst out laughing, start to laugh, roar with laughter, dissolve into laughter, shake with laughter, laugh uncontrollably, guffaw, be doubled up, split one's sides, hold one's sides
    informal fall about, be in stitches, crack up, crease up, be creased up, be rolling in the aisles, laugh like a drain

break something up

  • 2 I'm not going to let you break up my marriage
    put an end to, bring to an end, destroy, wreck, ruin

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