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Overview of noun breaking

The noun breaking has 1 senses? (first 1 from tagged texts)
1. (1) breakage, break, breaking

(the act of breaking something; "the breakage was unavoidable")


Overview of verb break

The verb break has 59 senses? (first 22 from tagged texts)
1. (15) interrupt, break

(terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty")

2. (13) break, separate, split up, fall apart, come apart

(become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart")

3. (9) break

(render inoperable or ineffective; "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!")

4. (8) break, bust

(ruin completely; "He busted my radio!")

5. (8) break

(destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments; "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match")

6. (5) transgress, offend, infract, violate, go against, breach, break

(act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"; "break a promise")

7. (4) break, break out, break away

(move away or escape suddenly; "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out

8. (4) break

(scatter or part; "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour")

9. (4) break, burst, erupt

(force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger")

10. (4) break, break off, discontinue, stop

(prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the negotiations")

11. (3) break in, break

(enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act; "Someone broke in while I was on vacation"; "They broke into my car and stole my radio!"; "who broke into my account last night?")

12. (3) break in, break

(make submissive, obedient, or useful; "The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern")

13. (2) violate, go against, break

(fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns; "This sentence violates the rules of syntax")

14. (2) better, break

(surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record")

15. (2) unwrap, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, break, give away, let out

(make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case")

16. (2) break

(come into being; "light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air")

17. (2) fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down

(stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident")

18. (1) break, break away

(interrupt a continued activity; "She had broken with the traditional patterns")

19. (1) break

(make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing; "The ranks broke")

20. (1) break

(curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; "The surf broke")

21. (1) dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break

(lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall")

22. (1) break

(be broken in; "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress")

23. break

(come to an end; "The heat wave finally broke yesterday")

24. break

(vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity; "The flat plain was broken by tall mesas")

25. break

(cause to give up a habit; "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes")

26. break

(give up; "break cigarette smoking")

27. break

(come forth or begin from a state of latency; "The first winter storm broke over New York")

28. break

(happen or take place; "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months")

29. break

(cause the failure or ruin of; "His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright")

30. break

(invalidate by judicial action; "The will was broken")

31. separate, part, split up, split, break, break up

(discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up")

32. demote, bump, relegate, break, kick downstairs

(assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sergeant")

33. bankrupt, ruin, break, smash

(reduce to bankruptcy; "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him")

34. break

(change directions suddenly)

35. break

(emerge from the surface of a body of water; "The whales broke")

36. collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break, founder

(break down, literally or metaphorically; "The wall collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke"; "The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice")

37. break dance, break-dance, break

(do a break dance; "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner")

38. break

(exchange for smaller units of money; "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy")

39. break, break up

(destroy the completeness of a set of related items; "The book dealer would not break the set")

40. break

(make the opening shot that scatters the balls)

41. break

(separate from a clinch, in boxing; "The referee broke the boxers")

42. break, wear, wear out, bust, fall apart

(go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely")

43. break, break off, snap off

(break a piece from a whole; "break a branch from a tree")

44. break

(become punctured or penetrated; "The skin broke")

45. break

(pierce or penetrate; "The blade broke her skin")

46. break, get out, get around

(be released or become known; of news; "News of her death broke in the morning")

47. pause, intermit, break

(cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch")

48. break

(interrupt the flow of current in; "break a circuit")

49. break

(undergo breaking; "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages")

50. break

(find a flaw in; "break an alibi"; "break down a proof")

51. break

(find the solution or key to; "break the code")

52. break

(change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another; "Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children")

53. break, recrudesce, develop

(happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time")

54. crack, check, break

(become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated")

55. break

(crack; of the male voice in puberty; "his voice is breaking

56. break

(fall sharply; "stock prices broke")

57. fracture, break

(fracture a bone of; "I broke my foot while playing hockey")

58. break

(diminish or discontinue abruptly; "The patient's fever broke last night")

59. break

(weaken or destroy in spirit or body; "His resistance was broken"; "a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death")

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