1. To cause to fall or collapse.
2. To collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack; SYN. collapse.
3. To fail to operate correctly; to break.
4. To lose control of one's emotions; SYN. lose it.
5. To make ineffective; SYN. crush.
6. When something decomposes or reduces to its smallest parts or is reduced by someone to its smallest parts, it breaks down.
break / ˈbreɪk /
(Irregular preterit, past participle: broke, broken)
1. To divide into pieces, as by bending or cutting
2. To become punctured or penetrated or separated into pieces; SYN. separate, split up, fall apart, come apart.
3. To break a piece from a whole; SYN. break off, snap off.
4. To destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
5. To go to pieces; to stop operating; SYN. wear, wear out, bust, fall apart.
6. To stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; SYN. hold on, stop.
7. To change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
8. To come forth or begin from a state of latency
9. To scatter or part
10. To render inoperable or ineffective
11. To diminish or discontinue abruptly
12. To cause to give up a habit
13. To exchange for smaller units of money
14. To curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
15. To stop or interrupt
16. To vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
17. To weaken or destroy in spirit or body.
18. To cause the failure or ruin of
19. (Pool) To make the opening shot that scatters the balls, in billiards or pool.
20. Said of the male voice in puberty
21. To move away or escape suddenly; SYN. break out, break away.
22. To invalidate by judicial action
23. To happen or take place; (informal).
24. To be crushed in spirit; to be suddenly and completely demoralized
25. To be released or become known; of news; SYN. get out, get around.
26. To come to an end
1. To break into pieces; SYN. fragment, fragmentize.
2. To cause to separate; SYN. disperse, scatter.
3. To come apart.
4. To separate (said of couples), usually definitively.
5. To laugh unrestrainedly; SYN. crack up.
6. To destroy the completeness of a set of related items; SYN. break up.
1. To become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; SYN. check, break.
2. To break partially but keep its integrity.
3. To cause to become cracked.
4. To hit forcefully; deal a hard blow, making a cracking noise.
5. To make a very sharp explosive sound.
1. To break violently or noisily; smash; SYN. break up, break apart.
2. To cause to crash.
3. To fall or come down violently.
4. To hurl or thrust violently; SYN. dash.
5. To move violently; as through a barrier.
6. To undergo damage or destruction on impact; SYN. ram.
7. To move with, or as if with, a crashing noise.
8. To occupy, usually uninvited.
9. To stop operating; SYN. go down.
1. To cause to flee; SYN. rout out, expel.
2. To dig with the snout; SYN. root, rootle.
3. To make a groove in; SYN. gouge, groove.
4. To disorganize completely; demoralize; to put to precipitate flight; to defeat decisively or disastrously.
5. To drive out; dispel.