Synonyms of break in English:

break


See definition of break

verb

1‘the mirror fell to the floor, where it broke into pieces’

SYNONYMS

shatter, smash, smash to smithereens, crack, snap, fracture, fragment, splinter

disintegrate, fall to bits, fall to pieces

split, burst, blow out

tear, rend, sever, rupture, separate, divide

informal bust

rare shiver

ANTONYMS

repair, mend

2‘she had broken her leg in two places’

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fracture, crack, smash

3‘the bite had barely broken the skin’

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pierce, puncture, penetrate, perforate

cut, graze, make a flesh wound in

4‘the machine has broken and they can't fix it until next week’

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stop working, cease to function, cease to work, break down, go wrong, give out, develop a fault, malfunction, be damaged, be unusable

crash

informal go kaput, be on the blink, go on the blink, die, give up the ghost, conk out, go phut, go haywire, have had it

British informal pack up

5‘the council will prosecute traders who break the law’

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contravene, violate, fail to comply with, fail to observe, disobey, infringe, breach, commit a breach of, transgress against

defy, flout, fly in the face of, ignore, disregard

infract

ANTONYMS

keep, abide by

6‘his concentration was broken by a sound’

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interrupt, disturb, interfere with

7‘at mid-morning they broke for coffee’

SYNONYMS

stop, pause, have a break, take a break, have a rest

recess, suspend proceedings

informal knock off, have a breather, take a breather, take five

ANTONYMS

resume

8‘he landed on a pile of carpets which broke his fall’

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cushion, lessen the impact of, reduce the impact of, soften the impact of, take the edge off, diminish, moderate, mitigate

9‘the film broke box-office records’

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exceed, surpass, beat, better, cap, top, trump, outdo, outstrip, go beyond, eclipse, put in the shade

informal leave standing

10‘deeply established habits are very difficult to break’

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give up, relinquish, drop, get out of

informal kick, shake, pack in, quit

11‘the strategies used to break the union’

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destroy, crush, smash, quash, defeat, vanquish, overcome, overpower, overwhelm, cripple, bring someone to their knees

weaken, enfeeble, sap, suppress, subdue, cow, dispirit, impair, undermine, demoralize, incapacitate, extinguish

12‘her self-control finally broke’

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give way, collapse, crack, be overcome, give in, cave in, yield, crumple, go to pieces

13‘four thousand pounds wouldn't break him’

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bankrupt, make bankrupt, ruin, reduce to penury, reduce to nothing, pauperize

14‘he tried to break the news gently’

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reveal, disclose, divulge, let out

announce, tell, impart, make public, make known, release, proclaim

15‘Krycek managed to break the encryption code’

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decipher, decode, decrypt, unravel, solve, work out

informal crack, figure out

16‘the day broke fair and cloudless’

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dawn, begin, start, come into being, come forth, emerge, appear

17‘a political scandal broke in mid-1991’

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erupt, burst out, break out

18‘overnight, the weather broke’

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change, undergo a change, alter, shift, metamorphose

19‘waves broke against the rocks’

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crash, dash, beat, pound, lash

batter

20‘her voice broke as she relived the experience’

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falter, quaver, quiver, tremble, shake


noun

1‘the magazine has been published without a break since 1950’

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interruption, interval, gap, hiatus, lapse of time, lacuna

discontinuation, discontinuance, discontinuity, suspension, disruption, cut-off

stop, stoppage, cessation

caesura

archaic surcease

2‘a break in the weather’

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change, alteration, variation

3‘let's have a break and get something to eat’

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rest, respite, interval, breathing space, lull, recess

stop, pause

tea break, coffee break

intermission, interlude, entr'acte

informal breather, let-up, time out, downtime

NZ Australian informal smoko

4‘a weekend break’

SYNONYMS

holiday, time off, period of leave

North American vacation

informal vac, staycation

North American informal vacay

5‘a break in diplomatic relations’

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rift, gulf, chasm, division, difference, schism, disunion, estrangement, alienation

separation, split, break-up, parting, parting of the ways, severance, rupture

quarrel, falling-out

British informal bust-up

rare scission

6‘a break in the wall’

SYNONYMS

gap, opening, space, hole, breach, chink, crack, fissure, cleft, rift, chasm

tear, split, slit, rent, rupture

7‘she got her first break in 1951, with Broadway's ‘Gigi’’

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opportunity, stroke of luck, chance, opening, foot in the door


Phrases

    break away

      1‘Anna attempted to break away, but he held her tight’

      SYNONYMS

      escape, get away, run away, make a break for it, make a run for it, run for it, make one's getaway, flee, make off

      break free, break loose, get out of someone's clutches

      informal

      leg it, cut and run, hook it

      2‘a group of intellectuals broke away from the Party to form the Democratic Alliance’

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      leave, secede from, break with, split with, split off from, separate from, separate oneself from, detach oneself from, part company with, disaffiliate from, defect from, desert

      form a splinter group

    break down

      1‘his van broke down’

      SYNONYMS

      stop working, cease to function, cease to work, go wrong, seize up, give out, develop a fault

      informal

      conk out, go kaput, go on the blink, die, give up the ghost, go phut, have had it

      British informal

      pack up

      2‘pay negotiations with management broke down’

      SYNONYMS

      fail, collapse, come to nothing, founder, fall through, come to grief, be unsuccessful, not succeed, disintegrate

      informal

      fizzle out

      3‘Vicky broke down, sobbing loudly’

      SYNONYMS

      burst into tears, dissolve into tears

      lose control, be overcome, collapse, go to pieces, come apart at the seams, crumble, disintegrate

      informal

      crack up, lose it, lose one's cool

    break something down

      1‘they had to get the police to break the door down’

      SYNONYMS

      knock down, kick down, stave in, smash in, pull down, tear down, demolish, destroy

      informal

      bust

      2‘break big tasks down into smaller, more manageable parts’

      SYNONYMS

      divide, separate

      rare

      fractionate

      3‘graphs show how the information can be broken down’

      SYNONYMS

      analyse, categorize, classify, sort out, itemize, organize

      dissect

      examine, investigate

      rare

      anatomize

    break in

      1‘thieves broke in and took her cheque book’

      SYNONYMS

      commit burglary, break and enter

      force one's way in, burst in

      British archaic

      crack a crib

      2‘‘I don't want to interfere,’ Mrs Hendry broke in’

      SYNONYMS

      interrupt, butt in, cut in, interject, interpose, intervene, chime in

      interfere, put one's oar in, have one's say

      British informal

      chip in

    break someone in

      ‘there was no time to break in a new foreign minister’

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      train, prepare, prime, initiate, condition

      informal

      show someone the ropes

    break into

      1‘£1,500 was stolen when thieves broke into a house in Perth Street’

      SYNONYMS

      burgle, rob

      force one's way into, burst into

      2‘Phil broke into the discussion’

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      interrupt, butt into, cut in on, intervene in

      British

      put one's pennyworth in

      North American

      put one's two cents in

      3‘he broke into a song’

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      begin suddenly, burst into, launch into

    break off

      ‘the fuselage had broken off just behind the pilot's seat’

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      snap off, come off, become detached, become separated, become severed

    break something off

      1‘I broke off a branch from one of the trees’

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      snap off, pull off, sever, detach, separate

      rare

      dissever

      2‘Britain threatened to break off diplomatic relations’

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      end, bring to an end, terminate, put an end to, call a halt to, stop, cease, finish, dissolve

      suspend, discontinue

      informal

      pull the plug on

      archaic

      sunder

    break out

      1‘he broke out of jail’

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      escape from, make one's escape from, break loose from, burst out of, abscond from, flee from

      get free

      2‘fighting broke out between rival army units’

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      flare up, begin suddenly, start suddenly, erupt, burst out, blow up, set in

    break up

      1‘after about an hour, the meeting broke up’

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      come to an end, end, finish, stop, terminate

      adjourn, recess

      2‘the crowd began to break up’

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      disperse, scatter, go in different directions, move in different directions, go separate ways, disband, separate, part company

      3‘Danny and I broke up last year’

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      split up, separate, part, stop living together, part company, reach a parting of the ways, become estranged

      divorce, get divorced, get a divorce

      British informal

      bust up

      4‘the whole cast broke up’

      SYNONYMS

      burst out laughing, start to laugh, roar with laughter, dissolve into laughter, shake with laughter, laugh uncontrollably, guffaw, be doubled up, split one's sides, hold one's sides

      fall about, be in stitches, crack up, crease up, be creased up, be rolling in the aisles, laugh like a drain

    break something up

      1‘police tried to break up a crowd of about 10,000 people’

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      disperse, scatter, disband, separate

      2‘I'm not going to let you break up my marriage’

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      put an end to, bring to an end, destroy, wreck, ruin