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Love is swift, sincere, pious, joyful, generous, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, courageous, and never seeking its own; for wheresoever a person seeketh his own, there he falleth from love.
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Etymology

Old English brecan. Compare Dutch breken, German brechen, and Gothic 𐌱𐍂𐌹𐌺𐌰𐌽 (brikan). Cognate with Latin frangere (to break).

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to break

Third person singular
breaks

Simple past
broke

Past participle
broken

Present participle
breaking

to break (third-person singular simple present breaks, present participle breaking, simple past broke, past participle broken)
  1. (intransitive) To end up in two or more pieces that can't easily be reassembled.
    If the vase falls to the floor, it might break.
  2. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Of a bone, to crack or fracture through a sudden physical strain, such as a collision.
    Don't slip and break your leg.
  3. (intransitive) To stop functioning properly or altogether.
    Don't break the fridge with your tools.
  4. (intransitive) To interrupt or cease one's work or occupation temporarily.
    Let's break for lunch.
  5. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To win a game as receiver.
  6. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To make the first shot.
    Is it your or my turn to break?
  7. (transitive) To cause to end up in two or more pieces.
    I am going to break your mask.
  8. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Of a bone, to cause to crack under physical strain.
    Don't try to break his neck.
  9. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Of a bone, to fracture accidentally.
    Don't break your fingers playing basketball.
  10. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To cause to malfunction or stop working altogether.
    Did you two break the trolley by racing with it?
  11. (transitive) To cause a person or animal to lose his/her/its will, usually obtained by means of torture.
    A wave breaking (definition 13)
    You have to break an elephant before you can use it as an animal of burden.
    America has used many forms of torture to break their POWs.
  12. (transitive) To do that which is forbidden by (a rule or rules).
    When you go to Vancouver, promise me you won't break the law.
  13. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To collapse into surf, after arriving in shallow water.
  14. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To design or use a powerful (yet legal) strategy that unbalances the game in a player's favor.
    Letting white have three extra queens would break chess.
  15. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to disclose or make known an item of news etc
  16. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to end
    The forecast says the hot weather will break by midweek
  17. (transitive) To ruin financially.
    Local economic problems broke some smaller banks.
  18. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To divide into smaller units.
    The wholesaler broke the container loads into palettes and boxes for local retailers.
    Can you break a hundred-dollar bill for me?
  19. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to arrive
    Morning has broken.
    Dawn broke over the hills.

Usage notes

The sense relating to a spell of weather is most likely to be used after a period of persistent good or bad weather; it is rarely used to signify the end of changeable conditions.

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Translations

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Noun

Singular
break

Plural
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  1. An instance of breaking something into two pieces.
    The femur has a clean break and so should heal easily.
  2. A physical space that opens up in something or between two things.
    The sun came out in a break in the clouds.
  3. A rest or pause, usually from work.
    Let’s take a five-minute break.
  4. (tennis) A game won by the receiving player or players (in case of a double).
  5. (billiards, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The first shot in a game of billiards
  6. (snooker) The number of points scored by one player in one visit to the table
  7. (surfing) Place where waves break (ie. pitch or spill forward creating white water).
    2005: The final break in the Greenmount area is Kirra Point. — coolangatta.net [1]
  8. (music) A short section of music, often between verses, in which some performers stop while others continue.
    The fiddle break was amazing, it was a pity the singer came back in on the wrong note.
  9. (UK, weather) a change; the end of a spell of persistent good or bad weather

Usage notes

  1. (music): The instruments that are named are the ones that carry on playing, for example a fiddle break implies that the fiddle is the most prominent instrument playing during the break.

Synonyms

  • (instance of breaking something into two pieces): split
  • (physical space that opens up in something or between two things): breach, gap, space
  • (rest or pause, usually from work): time out

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French

Etymology

From English break.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /bʁɛk/

Noun 1

break m. and f.

  1. estate (car)

Noun 2

break m.

  1. break (pause, holiday)
    C'est l'heure de faire un break.

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