Simple Definition of breakthrough
: a sudden increase in knowledge, understanding, etc. : an important discovery that happens after trying for a long time to understand or explain something
: a person's first important success
Full Definition of breakthrough
1 : an offensive thrust that penetrates and carries beyond a defensive line in warfare
2 : an act or instance of breaking through an obstacle <a breakthrough agreement>
3 a : a sudden advance especially in knowledge or technique <a medical breakthrough> b : a person's first notable success <a breakthrough novel>
Examples of breakthrough
Researchers say they have made a major breakthrough in cancer treatment.
The police have announced a breakthrough in the murder case.
This job could be the breakthrough she's been waiting for.
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BREAKTHROUGH Defined for Kids
Definition of breakthrough
: a sudden advance or successful development <a breakthrough in medical research>
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