noun \ˈbrēch\

: a failure to do what is required by a law an agreement or a duty : failure to act in a required or promised way

: a break in friendly relations between people or groups

: a hole or opening in something (such as a wall) made by breaking through it

Full Definition of BREACH

:  infraction or violation of a law, obligation, tie, or standard
a :  a broken, ruptured, or torn condition or area
b :  a gap (as in a wall) made by battering
a :  a break in accustomed friendly relations
b :  a temporary gap in continuity :  hiatus
:  a leap especially of a whale out of water

Examples of BREACH

  1. This is clearly a breach of the treaty.
  2. Many people consider her decision to be a breach of trust .
  3. The judge ruled that the doctor's actions were in breach of her contractual duty.

Origin of BREACH

Middle English breche, from Old English brǣc act of breaking; akin to Old English brecan to break
First Known Use: before 12th century



: to fail to do what is required by (something, such as a law or agreement) : to break or violate (something)

: to make a hole or opening in (something)

Full Definition of BREACH

transitive verb
:  to make a breach in <breach a wall>
:  break, violate <breach an agreement>
intransitive verb
:  to leap out of water <a whale breaching>

Examples of BREACH

  1. He claims that the city breached an agreement by selling the property.
  2. Is he going to breach his contract?
  3. The army breached the castle wall.

First Known Use of BREACH



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