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Synonyms for break


stop working




give up


stop briefly



be revealed




break away


break down: stop working


break down: fail


break down: be overcome


break free of something or someone


  • escape (from)
  • leave
  • withdraw from
  • extricate yourself from
  • free yourself of
  • disentangle yourself from

break in: break and enter


  • break and enter
  • burst in
  • enter
  • gain access

break in: interrupt


break into something: burgle


break into something: begin


break off


break out: escape


break someone in


break something down: divide up

break something down: demolish

break something in

break something off: bring to an end


break through


break through something: penetrate


break through something: pierce


break up: finish


break up: split up


break up: scatter

break with something or someone


Synonyms for break

to crack or split into two or more fragments by means of or as a result of force, a blow, or strain

to become or cause to become apart one from another

to make a hole or other opening in

to pass into or through by overcoming resistance

to find the key to (a code, for example)

to be made public

to make or become unusable or inoperative


to impair severely something such as the spirit, health, or effectiveness of

to give way mentally and emotionally

to suddenly lose all health or strength

to reduce to financial insolvency

to undergo sudden financial failure

to lower in rank or grade

to fail to fulfill (a promise) or conform to (a regulation)

to refuse or fail to obey

to desist from, cease, or discontinue (a habit, for example)

to interrupt regular activity for a short period


to make (an animal) docile

break down: to cease functioning properly

break down: to separate into parts for study

break down: to take (something) apart

break down: to reduce or become reduced to pieces or components

break down: to become or cause to become rotten or unsound

break in: to enter forcibly or illegally

break in: to interject remarks or questions into another's discourse

break off: to stop suddenly, as a conversation, activity, or relationship

break off: to cease trying to accomplish or continue

break off: to terminate a relationship or an association by or as if by leaving one another

break out: to become manifest suddenly and in full force

break out: to break loose and leave suddenly, as from confinement or from a difficult or threatening situation

break up: to make a division into parts, sections, or branches

break up: to reduce or become reduced to pieces or components

break up: to terminate a relationship or an association by or as if by leaving one another

break up: to express great amusement or mirth

an opening, especially in a solid structure

a usually narrow partial opening caused by splitting and rupture

the act or an instance of escaping, as from confinement or difficulty

an interval during which continuity is suspended

a pause or interval, as from work or duty

a favorable or advantageous combination of circumstances

Synonyms for break

an unexpected piece of good luck

(geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other

a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)

a pause from doing something (as work)

the occurrence of breaking

an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)

the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool

(tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving

a sudden dash

any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare


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render inoperable or ineffective

move away or escape suddenly

scatter or part

force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up

enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act


make submissive, obedient, or useful

fail to agree with

surpass in excellence

come into being

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interrupt a continued activity

make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing

curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves

lessen in force or effect

be broken in

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come to an end

vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity

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cause to give up a habit

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come forth or begin from a state of latency

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cause the failure or ruin of

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invalidate by judicial action

reduce to bankruptcy

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change directions suddenly

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emerge from the surface of a body of water

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exchange for smaller units of money

destroy the completeness of a set of related items


make the opening shot that scatters the balls

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separate from a clinch, in boxing

break a piece from a whole

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become punctured or penetrated

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pierce or penetrate

interrupt the flow of current in

undergo breaking

find a flaw in

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find the solution or key to

change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another

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become fractured



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fall sharply

fracture a bone of


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diminish or discontinue abruptly

weaken or destroy in spirit or body

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References in periodicals archive ?
Twenty-year-old Margarita Gasparyan, a Russian making her Wimbledon debut, broke serve at the first opportunity and led 3-1 in the opening set.
The Kiwi broke serve after Robson put a backhand wide.
Robson's nerves eased in the second set after she broke serve early and the 19-year-old went on to seal a 6-4 6-1 win to set up a third-round clash against world number 71 Marina Erakovic.
Hantuchova broke serve to lead 4-3 but Vekic responded in kind and then, once the set had gone to a tiebreaker, Vekic battled back from 5-2 down before succumbing 7-5.
The French Open champion and world No.1 broke serve three times in the opening set and then recovered from a break behind in the first game of the second to take the match 6-1 6-4.
He had returned well all match in the circumstances and broke serve again in the seventh game as he took the third set, but he was forced to settle for the lottery of a tie-break in the fourth and got a lucky break when Karlovic served a double fault at 4-4.
The Australian broke serve in the second game of the match and, though Baltacha recovered and was back on serve at 5-4, she dropped her serve and the set in game 10 and it was one-way traffic from then on.
Murray, the second seed, made hard work of beating Marcos Baghdatis in the opening round, but was in no mood to hang around yesterday as he broke serve five times to seal victory.
Murray broke serve twice to march into an early lead but Baghdatis replied with three breaks of his own to take the first set and never looked back.
He broke serve in the first set, only for Federer to break back immediately.
Murray then broke serve after an epic game early in the third set before running away with the match as Tsonga battled body and mind, the Scot eventually winning 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 6-2.
Del Potro broke serve twice in the second set and after levelling the match with an unstoppable forehand he looked the more likely winner.
However Nadal broke serve at 4-4 in the second to level things up and was too good for his rival in the decider, running out a 4-6 6-4 6-3 winner.
Rain delayed the start of the match but it failed to disrupt Murray's rhythm as he broke serve three times to take the first set.
Henman broke serve in the opening game of the match and then consolidated to seize a 2-0 lead.