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Synonyms of break in English:


  • 1 the mirror broke
    shatter, smash, crack, snap, fracture, fragment, splinter, fall to bits, fall to pieces;
    split, burst
    informal bust
  • 2 she had broken her leg
    [Antonyms] mend
  • 3 the bite had barely broken the skin
  • 4 the coffee machine has broken
    stop working, break down, give out, go wrong, malfunction, crash
    informal go kaput, conk out, go/be on the blink, go/be on the fritz, give up the ghost
  • 5 traders who break the law
    contravene, violate, fail to observe, fail to comply with, infringe, breach;
    [Antonyms] abide by, keep
  • 6 his concentration was broken
    interrupt, disturb, interfere with
  • 7 they broke for coffee
    stop, pause, have a rest, recess
    informal take a breather, take five
    [Antonyms] resume
  • 8 a pile of carpets broke his fall
    cushion, soften the impact of, take the edge off
  • 9 the movie broke box-office records
  • 10 habits are difficult to break
    give up, relinquish, drop
    informal kick, shake, quit
  • 11 the strategies used to break the union
    destroy, crush, quash, defeat, vanquish, overcome, overpower, overwhelm, suppress, cripple;
    weaken, subdue, cow, undermine
  • 12 her self-control finally broke
    give way, crack, cave in, yield, go to pieces
  • 13 four thousand dollars wouldn't break him
  • 14 he tried to break the news gently
    reveal, disclose, divulge, impart, tell;
    announce, release
  • 15 he broke the encryption code
    informal figure out, crack
  • 16 the day broke fair and cloudless
    dawn, begin, start, emerge, appear
  • 17 a political scandal broke
    erupt, break out
  • 18 the weather broke
    change, alter, shift
  • 19 waves broke against the rocks
    crash, dash, beat, pound, lash
  • 20 her voice broke as she relived the experience
    falter, quaver, quiver, tremble, shake
  • noun

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  • 1 the magazine has been published without a break since 1950
    interruption, interval, gap, hiatus;
    stop, stoppage, cessation
  • 2 a break in the weather
    change, alteration, variation
  • 3 let's have a break
    stop, pause;
    interval, intermission
    informal breather, time out, down time
  • 4 a weekend break
  • 5 a break in diplomatic relations
    rift, schism, split, breakup, severance, rupture
  • 6 the actress got her first break in 1951
  • Phrases

    break away
  • 1.1 she attempted to break away
    escape, get away, run away, flee, make off;
    break free, break loose, get out of someone's clutches
    informal cut and run
  • 2.1 a group broke away from the main party
    leave, secede from, split off from, separate from, part company with, defect from
    Politics cross the floor from
  • break down
  • 1.1 his van broke down See sense 4 of the verb
  • 2.1 pay negotiations broke down
    fail, collapse, founder, fall through, disintegrate
    informal fizzle out
  • 3.1 Vicky broke down, sobbing loudly
    burst into tears;
    lose control, be overcome, go to pieces, crumble, disintegrate
    informal crack up, lose it
  • break something down
  • 1.1 the police broke the door down
    knock down, kick down, smash in, pull down, tear down, demolish
  • 2.1 break big tasks down into smaller parts
    divide, separate
  • 3.1 graphs show how the information can be broken down
    analyze, categorize, classify, sort out, itemize, organize;
  • break in
  • 1.1 thieves broke in and took her checkbook
    commit burglary, break and enter;
    force one's way in
  • 2.1 “I don't want to interfere,” Mrs. Hendry broke in
    interrupt, butt in, cut in, interject, interpose, intervene, chime in
  • break someone in
    it's Edgar's responsibility to break in the new cooks
    train, initiate
    informal show someone the ropes
    break into
  • 1.1 thieves broke into a house on Park Street
    force one's way into
  • 2.1 Phil broke into the discussion
    interrupt, butt into, cut in on, intervene in
  • 3.1 he broke into a song
    burst into, launch into
  • break off
    the cup handle just broke off
    snap off, come off, become detached, become separated
    break something off
  • 1.1 I broke off a branch from the tree
    snap off, pull off, sever, detach
  • 2.1 they threatened to break off diplomatic relations
    end, terminate, stop, cease, call a halt to, finish, dissolve;
    suspend, discontinue
    informal pull the plug on
  • break out
  • 1.1 he broke out of the detention center
    escape from, abscond from, flee from;
    get free of
  • 2.1 fighting broke out
    flare up, start suddenly, erupt, burst out
  • break up
  • 1.1 the meeting broke up
    end, finish, stop, terminate;
  • 2.1 the crowd began to break up
    disperse, scatter, disband, part company
  • 3.1 Danny and I broke up last year
    split up, separate, part, part company;
  • 4.1 informal the whole cast broke up
    burst out laughing, crack up, dissolve into laughter
  • break something up
  • 1.1 police tried to break up the crowd
    disperse, scatter, disband
  • 2.1 I'm not going to let you break up my marriage
    wreck, ruin, destroy
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