break

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  • This was the final series before the show took a four-year break.
  • It was her return to the music scene after a three year break.
  • It is the first album released by the band after a five-year break.
  • Within a year, it broke in two and later lost its back half.
  • According to his sister, he was never the same after the break-up.
  • By the time the band broke up, all of us had had enough.
  • Term-limited former members can run again after a four-year break.
  • A five-year break followed, when they wrote and planned a new album.
  • He has performed all over the world and has set and broken several world records.
  • At least one break of serve is required to win a set.
  • Also, he was at sea after a five-year break in sea command duty.
  • After the accident the band took a six month break from their activities.
  • Former members can be elected again after a two year break.
  • She then took a three-month break, during which she began work on new songs.
  • Their songs can make or break a film and usually do.
  • It was his first professional fight following a two-year break.
  • It was their first new commercial release after six-year break.
  • After his first pro win he took a nearly four year break from fighting.
  • Black took a three-year break from the music industry to stay home with his daughter.
  • It was the band's first album after a five year break.
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Meaning of break

  • noun An unexpected piece of good luck
    he finally got his big break
  • noun The occurrence of breaking
    the break in the dam threatened the valley
  • noun An abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)
    then there was a break in her voice
  • noun The opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
  • noun (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
    he was up two breaks in the second set
  • noun An act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
    it was presented without commercial breaks, there was a gap in his account
  • noun A sudden dash
    he made a break for the open door
  • noun An escape from jail
    the breakout was carefully planned
  • verb Become separated into pieces or fragments
    The figurine broke, The freshly baked loaf fell apart
  • verb Render inoperable or ineffective
    You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!
  • verb Ruin completely
    He busted my radio!
  • verb Destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
    He broke the glass plate, She broke the match
  • verb Move away or escape suddenly
    The horses broke from the stable, Three inmates broke jail, Nobody can break out--this prison is high security
  • verb Scatter or part
    The clouds broke after the heavy downpour
  • verb Force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
    break into tears, erupt in anger
  • verb Prevent completion
    stop the project, break off the negotiations
  • verb Come into being
    light broke over the horizon, Voices broke in the air
  • verb Interrupt a continued activity
    She had broken with the traditional patterns
  • verb Make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
    The ranks broke
  • verb Curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
    The surf broke
  • verb Be broken in
    If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress
  • verb Come to an end
    The heat wave finally broke yesterday
  • verb Vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
    The flat plain was broken by tall mesas
  • verb Cause to give up a habit
    She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes
  • verb Give up
    break cigarette smoking
  • verb Come forth or begin from a state of latency
    The first winter storm broke over New York
  • verb Happen or take place
    Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months
  • verb Cause the failure or ruin of
    His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage, This play will either make or break the playwright
  • verb Invalidate by judicial action
    The will was broken
  • verb Change directions suddenly
  • verb Emerge from the surface of a body of water
    The whales broke
  • verb Exchange for smaller units of money
    I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy
  • verb Destroy the completeness of a set of related items
    The book dealer would not break the set
  • verb Make the opening shot that scatters the balls
  • verb Separate from a clinch, in boxing
    The referee broke the boxers
  • verb Go to pieces
    The lawn mower finally broke, The gears wore out, The old chair finally fell apart completely
  • verb Break a piece from a whole
    break a branch from a tree
  • verb Become punctured or penetrated
    The skin broke
  • verb Pierce or penetrate
    The blade broke her skin
  • verb Be released or become known; of news
    News of her death broke in the morning
  • verb Interrupt the flow of current in
    break a circuit
  • verb Undergo breaking
    The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages
  • verb Find a flaw in
    break an alibi, break down a proof
  • verb Find the solution or key to
    break the code
  • verb Change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
    Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children
  • verb Happen
    Report the news as it develops, These political movements recrudesce from time to time
  • verb Crack; of the male voice in puberty
    his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir
  • verb Fall sharply
    stock prices broke
  • verb Diminish or discontinue abruptly
    The patient's fever broke last night
  • verb Weaken or destroy in spirit or body
    His resistance was broken, a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death