Third person singular
- (transitive & intransitive) If you break something, you make it come apart in a way that cannot easily be put back together, usually by force.
- He injured his leg and broke his arm during the crash.
- When my brother died, my family broke apart.
- The airplane broke apart in the sky over Hawai'i.
- When the ice broke underneath me, I said to myself, I'm in trouble.
- (transitive & intransitive) If something such as a machine breaks, it stops working because something is wrong.
- My car breaks down about once a week.
- (transitive) If you break a law, rule, promise, etc. you do something that you should not do.
- The police can't do anything if no laws are broken.
- These are the rules. Don't break the rules and I won't send you home.
- (transitive) If you break a surface, limit, record, etc., you go beyond it.
- In 1954 he set a new record of 3:59.4, breaking the old record by more than five minutes.
- Wilson broke barriers for women in journalism at a time when newsrooms were mostly male.
- (intransitive) If you break free or out of something, you could not leave but now you leave.
- The police are looking for some prisoners who broke out of the jail.
- One of the dogs broke loose and ran at her.
- When she closed the door, everyone broke into laughter.
- (intransitive) If you break, you stop for a short time to rest.
- We break for coffee at 10:00 every morning.
- (intransitive) If day or morning breaks, it begins.
- The day was breaking as they packed up the tent.
- Dawn was just breaking when Helga Schneider climbed out of bed.
- (transitive & intransitive) If you break something, you stop it suddenly.
- The sound of the door closing broke the silence.
- I didn't know my father, but with my son, I want to break that cycle of fathers leaving their sons.
- The show had been so magical that people didn't want to leave the theater, didn't want to break the spell.
- Smoking is such a hard habit to break.
- Mike had to leave to break up a fight between Ronni and Bridget.
- The rain finally broke on Monday evening.
- (intransitive) If news breaks, it becomes known.
- (intransitive) If your voice breaks, it changes because you are almost crying.
- "I wanted to say goodbye before he died", she said, her voice breaking.
- (transitive) If you break some money, you change a note into coins.
- I don't want to break a twenty just to buy matches.
- (countable) A break is a time when something stops before starting again.
- We get a 15-minute break in the middle of the morning.
- I'll phone you during my lunch break.
- We're going to take a one-minute commercial break and we'll be right back.
- (countable) A break (up) is an end of a relationship.
- We didn't see each other for years after the break up.
- (countable) A break is a space between something continuous.
- The sun shone through a break in the clouds.
- (countable) A break is a situation in which things are not as difficult.
- That job opening up just when she finished school was a lucky break for her.
- Give me a break.
- The new law would give middle-income families a $2,000 tax break.
- (countable) A break is a place where something is broken.
- The break in his leg could be seen clearly on the x-ray.
Somebody breaking some wood
A water balloon breaking
Part of a fish breaking the surface of the water