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I've worked nonstop for 31 years. I've counted down myself hundreds of cues for everything in each 90-minute show. I've never really taken an extended break, so I'd like to see what a vacation is really like.
Lance Burton

Meaning of "break" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD BREAK

Old English brecan; related to Old Frisian breka, Gothic brikan, Old High German brehhan, Latin frangere Sanskrit bhráj bursting forth.
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PRONUNCIATION OF BREAK

break  [breɪk] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BREAK

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Break is a verb and can also act as a noun and an exclamation.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb break in English.



Exclamation is an expression or voice that reflects an emotion or exaltation.

WHAT DOES BREAK MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Break

Break may refer to: ▪ Recess, a general term for a period of time in which a group of people is temporarily dismissed from its duties ▪ Break, time off during a shift ▪ Coffee break, a daily social gathering for a snack and short downtime practiced by employees in business and industry ▪ Annual leave, paid time off work granted by employers to employees to be used for whatever the employee wishes ▪ Section break, in type setting ▪ Commercial break, in television and radio...

Definition of break in the English dictionary

The first definition of break in the dictionary is to separate or become separated into two or more pieces. Other definition of break is to damage or become damaged so as to be inoperative. Break is also to crack or become cracked without separating.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO BREAK

PRESENT

Present
I break
you break
he/she/it breaks
we break
you break
they break
Present continuous
I am breaking
you are breaking
he/she/it is breaking
we are breaking
you are breaking
they are breaking
Present perfect
I have broken
you have broken
he/she/it has broken
we have broken
you have broken
they have broken
Present perfect continuous
I have been breaking
you have been breaking
he/she/it has been breaking
we have been breaking
you have been breaking
they have been breaking
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I broke
you broke
he/she/it broke
we broke
you broke
they broke
Past continuous
I was breaking
you were breaking
he/she/it was breaking
we were breaking
you were breaking
they were breaking
Past perfect
I had broken
you had broken
he/she/it had broken
we had broken
you had broken
they had broken
Past perfect continuous
I had been breaking
you had been breaking
he/she/it had been breaking
we had been breaking
you had been breaking
they had been breaking
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will break
you will break
he/she/it will break
we will break
you will break
they will break
Future continuous
I will be breaking
you will be breaking
he/she/it will be breaking
we will be breaking
you will be breaking
they will be breaking
Future perfect
I will have broken
you will have broken
he/she/it will have broken
we will have broken
you will have broken
they will have broken
Future perfect continuous
I will have been breaking
you will have been breaking
he/she/it will have been breaking
we will have been breaking
you will have been breaking
they will have been breaking
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would break
you would break
he/she/it would break
we would break
you would break
they would break
Conditional continuous
I would be breaking
you would be breaking
he/she/it would be breaking
we would be breaking
you would be breaking
they would be breaking
Conditional perfect
I would have break
you would have break
he/she/it would have break
we would have break
you would have break
they would have break
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been breaking
you would have been breaking
he/she/it would have been breaking
we would have been breaking
you would have been breaking
they would have been breaking
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you break
we let´s break
you break
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to break
Past participle
broken
Present Participle
breaking
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH BREAK


brake
breɪk
canebrake
ˈkeɪnˌbreɪk
corncrake
ˈkɔːnˌkreɪk
daybreak
ˈdeɪˌbreɪk
drake
dreɪk
handbrake
ˈhændˌbreɪk
heartbreak
ˈhɑːtˌbreɪk
jailbreak
ˈdʒeɪlˌbreɪk
make-or-break
ˌmeɪkəˈbreɪk
mandrake
ˈmændreɪk
mini-break
ˈmɪnɪbreɪk
newsbreak
ˈnjuːzbreɪk
outbreak
ˈaʊtˌbreɪk
rake
reɪk
sheldrake
ˈʃɛlˌdreɪk

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BREAK

bready
break bread
break camp
break cover
break dance
break dancer
break dancing
break down
break even
break feeding
break ground
break in
break into
break it down
break new ground
break of day
break of serve
break off
break one´s back
break one´s heart

WORDS THAT END LIKE BREAK

career break
city break
coffee break
control freak
creak
freak
Jesus freak
leg break
losing streak
lucky break
lunch break
make or break
price break
service break
speedfreak
streak
tax break
tea break
tie-break
wreak

Synonyms and antonyms of break in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «BREAK»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «break» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of break
abandon · advantage · alienation · alleviate · alter · announce · appear · awayday · bankrupt · batter · beat · better · breach · break down · breathing space · bring down · buffet · burst · cap · cease · cessation · chance · change · check · chink · cleft · come out · come out in the wash · conk out · contravene · cow · crack · cranny · crash · crevice · crush · cushion · cut · cut out · decipher · declare · decode · decrypt · defy · degrade · demolish · demoralize · demote · descramble · destroy · die · diminish · disaffection · disclose · discontinue · discontinuity · disintegrate · disobey · dispirit · dispute · disregard · disturb · disunion · divide · division · divulge · drop · ease · emerge · end · entr´acte · erupt · estrangement · exceed · excel · falter · fissure · flout · fortune · fracture · fragment · gap · gash · give out · give up · go phut · go wrong · halt · happen · have had it · hesitate · hiatus · hole · holiday · humiliate · impoverish · infract · infringe · interlude · intermission · interpret · interrupt · interruption · interstice · interval · kick · lash · leave · leave off · lessen · lessening · let-up · lighten · lull · moderate · occur · opening · opportunity · outdo · outstrip · pack in · pack up · pause · perforate · pound · proclaim · pull the plug on · puncture · quit · recess · reduce · remission · rent · respite · rest · reveal · rift · ruin · rupture · schism · schoolie · separate · separation · sever · severance · shake · shatter · shift · shiver · slackening · smash · snap · soften · solve · space · splinter · split · stammer · stop · stutter · subdue · surpass · suspend · suspension · tame · tear · tell · temper · terminate · time off · top · transgress · trash · tremble · undermine · unscramble · vacation · violate · waver · weaken · work out

Translation of «break» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BREAK

Find out the translation of break to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of break from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «break» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

弄断
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

fractura
570 millions of speakers

English

break
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

तोड़
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

كَسْر
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

перерыв
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

fratura
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বিরতি
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

cassure
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pecah
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Bruch
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

破壊
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

골절
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Break
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

sự vỡ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

இடைவெளி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ब्रेक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kırılma
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

frattura
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

złamanie
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

перелом
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ruptură
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

σπάσιμο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

breek
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

rast
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

pause
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of break

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BREAK»

The term «break» is very widely used and occupies the 2.043 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BREAK» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «break» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «break» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about break

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10 QUOTES WITH «BREAK»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word break.
1
Shai Agassi
My passions were an intersection between peace in the Middle East and climate change. I know how to understand a technology problem, break it into its components and solve it. I also knew I couldn't make peace solely through technological inventions.
2
Manal al-Sharif
When women break that taboo and they're not afraid to drive that car by herself - that's it. Now she has the guts to speak up for herself and take action.
3
Catherine Bell
I started when I was in college because I was shy and thought it would be a good way to break out of that.
4
Dorothea Brande
All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right about face which turns us from failure to success.
5
Rebekah Brooks
The quality of our journalism will make or break our industry, not the recession.
6
Lance Burton
I've worked nonstop for 31 years. I've counted down myself hundreds of cues for everything in each 90-minute show. I've never really taken an extended break, so I'd like to see what a vacation is really like.
7
Margaret Cavendish
And though my Lord hath lost his estate and been banished out of his country, yet neither despised poverty nor pinching necessity could make him break the bonds of friendship or weaken his loyal duty.
8
Kim Clijsters
I am happy to have played a match and break the rhythm of daily training.
9
Peter Coyote
When you break the rules and you win, you're a hero; when you lose, you're scurrilous.
10
Matt Drudge
There's nothing more exciting than to watch a story break and grow, and to be the first one to present it to the world.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BREAK»

Discover the use of break in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to break and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Break
This is the story of his self-destructive spiral, his rock-bottom moment, and how he finally learns to accept help and find true strength through recovery.
Hannah Moskowitz, 2009
2
The Break-up of Britain: Crisis and Neo-nationalism
In this 25th anniversary edition, Tom Nairn reviews the arguments of his classic study and expands his thesis into the new millennium.
Tom Nairn, 2003
3
Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds
Born on the eve of China’s Cultural Revolution, Ping Fu was separated from her family at the age of eight.
Ping Fu, Mei Mei Fox, 2012
4
First, Break All The Rules: What The Worlds Greatest ...
Explains how good managers can select, focus, motivate, and develop their employees in order to transform talent into performance
Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman, 1999
5
How to Break a Terrorist: The U.S. Interrogators Who Used ...
This account is an unputdownable thriller -- more of a psychological suspense story than a war memoir. And indeed, the story reaches far past the current conflict in Iraq with a reminder that we don't have to become our enemy to defeat him.
Matthew Alexander, John Bruning, 2008
6
Clean Break
'Jacqueline Wilson comes up trumps with this wonderful novel' Sunday Times 'Surely every girl aged between seven and eleven will require a copy' Evening Standard A charming book about real family life from prize-winning Jacqueline Wilson - ...
Jacqueline Wilson, 2008
7
Prison Break: The Classified FBI Files
A companion to the television drama finds Michael Scofield struggling to overturn the wrongful murder conviction of his brother before he is executed, an effort during which he formulates a plan involving his own foray into the criminal ...
Paul Ruditis, 2007
8
In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition
In the Break is the inaugural volume in Moten's ambitious intellectual project--to establish an aesthetic genealogy of the black radical tradition.
Fred Moten, 2003
9
Break Through: Why We Can't Leave Saving the Planet to ...
Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger triggered a firestorm with the publication of Break Through, contending that the politics that dealt with acid rain and smog can’t deal with global warming.The nations that ratified the Kyoto ...
Michael Shellenberger, Ted Nordhaus, 2009
10
Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America
This book gives us a detailed and harrowing picture of how, by choosing to support ever-shorter product lives we may well be shortening the future of our way of life as well.
Giles Slade, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BREAK»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term break is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Tunisia's beach shooter: the path from break dancing to terrorism
When old video footage emerged of Seifeddine Rezgui, the Tunisia beach killer, break dancing, many asked what could have turned a cheerful ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
2
Laverty eyes points before break
After the next race in Germany at the Sachsenring over the weekend, the summer break kicks in and there will be no racing until August 9 at ... «SuperSport, Jul 15»
3
How to break up with a friend
Friendship is complicated. Sometimes it's based on compatibility, common interests, and shared goals and values. Sometimes friendship is ... «The Week Magazine, Jul 15»
4
The blame for that prison break goes all the way to the top
Both were able to break out of the back of their cells and sneak through a series of catwalks and tunnels before surfacing on the streets of ... «New York Post, Jul 15»
5
Kim Kardashian ignores Kourtney and Scott's 'break-up' as she …
Kim Kardashian is yet to address claims her sister Kourtney has ended her nine year relationship with Scott Disick, as the family continue their ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
6
Gillian Anderson enjoys break from The X Files at London's Chiltern …
And, true to form, actress Gillian Anderson was dressed to impress when she dined out at London's celebrity hot-spot, the Chiltern Firehouse, ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
7
Advocate sticker on vehicle not a licence to break road rules …
The sticker can hardly be a licence to break law, including traffic rules or not wearing helmets or, for that matter, breach of any other law. All are ... «Times of India, Jul 15»
8
Break disrupts water service
A water line break caused millions of gallons of water to spill out from McAlester service lines Sunday night, leaving city residents and some ... «Mcalester News Capital, Jul 15»
9
Pugilism With Racquets -- Kevin Mitchell Delivers an Ace With Break
In Break Point, Kevin Mitchell weaves around the evolution of modern tennis. He differentiates between the changing era of the sport and ... «NDTVSports.com, Jul 15»
10
I took break for marriage, ready to be back: Drashti Dhami
Newly married TV actor Drashti Dhami has enjoyed her 11-month break from work, and soon will return to the small screen with a new serial. «Hindustan Times, Jul 15»

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