1. to stop operating or functioning
Example : My clock broke last night.
2. to break down, literally or metaphorically
Example : When no one came to their birthday party for the second year in a row, the child broke.
3. to act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
Example : You broke the rules, so we'll have to think about whether or not we will permit you here in the future.
4. to discontinue an association or relation
Example : Our country broke ties with our former trading partner.
5. a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something 6. to become separated into pieces or fragments
Example : I dropped the glass and it broke.
7. to lessen in force or effect
Example : The storm finally broke sometime after midnight.
8. to go to pieces
Example : The vase broke.
9. an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
Example : it was presented without commercial breaks
10. a pause from doing something (as work)
Example : we took a 10-minute break
11. to reduce to bankruptcy
Example : Our fancy wedding is going to break us!
12. the act of breaking something, making it unusable
Example : The break of the record player meant it no longer worked.
13. an unexpected piece of good luck
Example : They finally got their big break.
14. to cease an action temporarily
Example : We will break for one hour.
15. to be released or become known
Example : The album broke last week.
16. to force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
Example : They break into tears at the drop of a hat.
17. to do a break dance
Example : Kids were breaking at the street corner.
18. to move away or escape suddenly
Example : We made our break from the line and headed for the fence.
19. to enter someone's virtual or real property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
Example : They broke into our house!
20. to fail to agree with
Example : I think this is the first time running this business together that we've had a break.
21. an escape from jail
Example : the breakout was carefully planned
22. any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
Example : The break in the eighth frame cost our bowling team the match.
23. in tennis, a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
Example : I was up two breaks in the second set.
24. a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
Example : they hoped to avoid a break in relations
25. some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity 26. (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other 27. breaking of hard tissue such as bone 28. to fracture a bone of
Example : I broke my leg.
29. to make submissive, obedient, or useful
Example : The horse was tough to break.
30. to break a piece from a whole
Example : I tried to break a branch from the tree.
31. to ruin completely
Example : I broke the remote.
32. to destroy the completeness of a set of related items
Example : The book dealer would not break the set.
33. to interrupt a continued activity
Example : I broke your winning streak.
34. to happen or take place
Example : Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months.
35. to give up
Example : I tried to break cigarette smoking for my new partner.
36. to cause to give up a habit
Example : I broke my smoking habits two years ago.
37. to vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
Example : There was a break in the storm.
38. a sudden dash
Example : We made a break for the door as soon as the rain let up.
39. the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool 40. an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice as at puberty or due to emotion
Example : I felt so strongly, that I knew that my voice would break if I spoke.
41. the occurrence of breaking
Example : the break in the dam threatened the valley
42. to weaken or destroy in spirit or body
Example : The devastating news broke them.
43. to be broken in
Example : If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress.
44. to crack something
Example : I broke the vase.
45. to destroy the integrity of
Example : They broke their wedding vows.
46. to change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
Example : The singer broke into a falsetto for the high parts of the song.
47. to find the solution or key to
Example : I had to break the code to understand the message.
48. to find a flaw in
Example : This new information will break the suspect's alibi.
49. to interrupt the flow of current in
Example : They broke a circuit while soldering.
50. to pierce or penetrate
Example : The needle broke the surface of the cloth.
51. to become punctured or penetrated
Example : You broke the skin.
52. to separate from a clinch, in boxing
Example : The boxers were forced to break over a dozen times in the first round.
53. to make the opening shot that scatters the balls
Example : It's my turn to break.
54. to exchange for smaller units of money
Example : I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy.
55. to curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
Example : The waves are breaking nicely today.
56. to emerge from the surface of a body of water
Example : The dolphin broke through the water's surface making beautiful ripples.
57. to scatter or part
Example : They broke towards the woods.
58. to make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
Example : We finally broke through their advancing line.
59. to change directions suddenly
Example : We wind broke west.
60. to invalidate by judicial action
Example : We went to court to break the will, or else we wouldn't get any money.
61. to cause the failure or ruin of
Example : I broke the car.