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break

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of break

  1. 1 a momentary halt in an activity <there was a brief break after the first movement as the doors to the concert hall were opened and the latecomers were allowed in> Synonyms pause, breath, breather, interruption, lull, recessRelated Words time-out; interim, interlude, intermission, interval, respite, rest; cessation, discontinuance, downtime, ending, expiration, finishing, hitch, lapse, stoppage, stopping, termination; abeyance, moratorium, surcease, suspension; discontinuity, gap, hiatusNear Antonyms continuation, endurance, persistence, progress, progression; extension, prolongation

  2. 2 a period during which the usual routine of school or work is suspended <most of the students at the boarding school are going home for Christmas break> Synonyms vacation, holiday [chiefly British], hols [British], leave, recessRelated Words sabbatical; furlough, liberty; breather, relaxation, respite, rest; interim, intermission, interval; feast, holy day, legal holiday; idling, loafing, lounging, slacking

  3. 3 an open space in a barrier (as a wall or hedge) <the rancher repaired the break in the fence where the horse had gotten through> Synonyms breach, gap, discontinuity, gulf, hiatus, hole, interstice, interval, opening, rent, rift, separation, voidRelated Words chink, cleft, crack, cranny, crevice, fissure; notch, slit, slot, split; interspace, pore; abyss, aperture, cavity, chasm, gape, orifice; fracture, rupture, severance, sundering

  4. 4 a favorable combination of circumstances, time, and place <in classic fashion, her big break came when, as an understudy, she took over for an ailing star> Synonyms opportunity, chance, occasion, opening, room, shotRelated Words play, way; juncture, pass

  5. 5 an unexpected benefit or advantage resulting from the uncertain course of events <a guy who just seems to get all the breaks in life> Synonyms fluke, strikeRelated Words accident, chance, circumstance, hap, happenchance, happenstance, hazard, luck

  6. 6 the act or an instance of getting free from danger or confinement <a desperate break from that hellhole> Synonyms escape, breakout, bunk [British], flight, getaway, lam, rout, slipRelated Words jailbreak; deliverance, liberation, redemption, release, rescue, salvation; close call, close shave, near missNear Antonyms captivity, confinement, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration, internment; custody, detention, hold, holding, retention; endangerment, hazard, imperilment, jeopardy, peril, risk, trouble




break

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of break

  1. 1 to cause to separate into pieces usually suddenly or forcibly <hated telling her that I had broken her favorite glass vase> Synonyms break up, bust, distintegrate, dismember, disrupt, fracture, fragment, rive Related Words atomize, crush, grind, powder, pulverize, reduce; blast, blow up, burst, detonate, explode; crack, pop, shatter, shiver, smash; chip, sliver, splinter, split; implode; destroy, ruin, wreck Near Antonyms doctor, fix, heal, mend, patch, rebuild, recondition, reconstruct, renovate, repair

  2. 2 to bring (as an action or operation) to an immediate end <the final vote broke the deadlock> Synonyms stop, break off, break up, can [slang], cease, cut off, cut out, desist (from), discontinue, drop, end, give over, halt, knock off, lay off, leave off, pack (up or in), quit, shut offRelated Words complete, conclude, finish; close (down); deactivate; block, blockade, dam, delay, detain, hinder, hold, hold back, impede, kibosh, obstruct, stem; call, suspend; arrest, brake, check, clamp down, rein (in), squash, squelch, stamp, stanch (or staunch), stunt, suppress, turn back; pause, stay, suspend; abolish, abort, annul, demolish, destroy, dissolve, kill, ruin, scuttle, snuffNear Antonyms carry on, continue, follow through (with), keep up, run on; advance, proceed, progress; actuate, drive, impel, propel, stir

  3. 3 to bring to a lower grade or rank <the captain was broken to lieutenant commander for disobeying a direct order from his group commander> Synonyms demote, bust, degrade, disrate, downgrade, reduceRelated Words can, cashier, dismiss, downsize, fire, lay off, sack; abase, debase, demean, humble, humiliate, lowerNear Antonyms hireAntonyms advance, elevate, promote, raise

  4. 4 to change (as a secret message) from code into ordinary language <Alan Turing and the Bletchley Park mathematicians broke the Enigma code being used by the Nazis> Synonyms decode, crack, decipher, decryptRelated Words descramble, unscramble; render, translate; dope (out), figure out, puzzle (out), solve, unravel, unriddle, work, work outNear Antonyms garble, jumble (up), mix (up)Antonyms cipher, code, encipher, encode, encrypt

  5. 5 to come to a temporary halt in one's activity <she broke from her ruminations to find that it was already dinnertime> Synonyms pauseRelated Words hesitate; break in, interrupt; cease, discontinue, end, finish, stop, terminate; knock off, lay off, quit; lapse, let upNear Antonyms continue, persist; advance, progress; extend, prolong, stretch

  6. 6 to cut into and turn over the sod of (a piece of land) using a bladed implement <farmers once broke fields with horse-drawn plows> Synonyms plow, furrowRelated Words cultivate, till; fallow; harrow, hoe, list, rake, rototill

  7. 7 to fail to keep <had broken his promise not to share their conversation with anyone> Synonyms breach, violate, contravene, fracture, infringe, offend, traduce, transgressRelated Words disobey, rebel; blow off, brush (off), disregard, flout, ignore, neglect, overlook, overpass, pass over, slight, tune out, wink (at); dismiss, pooh-pooh (also pooh), scorn, shrug off; defy, resist, withstandNear Antonyms defer (to), serve, submit (to), surrender (to), yield (to); attend, hear, heed, listen (to), mark, note, notice, regard, watchAntonyms comply (with), conform (to), follow, mind, obey, observe

  8. 8 to find an answer for through reasoning <Professor Bates broke the problem when she realized that it was possible to synthesize the necessary compounds> Synonyms answer, solve, crack, dope (out), figure out, puzzle (out), resolve, riddle (out), unravel, unriddle, work, work outRelated Words conclude, decide, deduce, gather, infer, judge, reason; clear (up), iron out, straighten (out), unscramble, untangle, untie; assume, conjecture, divine, guess, presume, speculate; decipher, decode

  9. 9 to reduce the soundness, effectiveness, or perfection of <I broke a tooth on the hard candy> Synonyms blemish, bloody, damage, compromise, crab, cripple, cross (up), deface, disfigure, endamage, flaw, harm, hurt, impair, injure, mar, spoil, vitiateRelated Words deteriorate, enervate, enfeeble, undermine, weaken; erode, scour, wash out, wear (away); blight, tarnish; dent, ding, dint; botch, gum (up), queer; lacerate, wound; disable, hamstring, lame, maim, mangle, mutilate, torment, torture; annihilate, bang up, bash, batter, clobber, crush, dash, decimate, demolish, desolate, destroy, devastate, do in, pulverize, raze, ruin, scourge, shatter, smash, tear down, total, waste, wipe out, wreckNear Antonyms cure, heal, help, rectify, rehabilitate, remedy; edit, remodel, revise; ameliorate, better, enhance, enrich, improve, meliorate, perfect, refineAntonyms doctor, fix, mend, patch, rebuild, recondition, reconstruct, renovate, repair, revamp

  10. 10 to stop functioning <after working for 30 years, the pump simply broke one day> Synonyms fail, break down, conk (out), crash, cut out, die, give out, stallRelated Words fizzle, sputter, wheeze; act up, malfunction; jamAntonyms start (up)

  11. 11 to hasten away from something dangerous or frightening <the herd of gazelles broke when they saw the lions racing toward them from the ridge above> Synonyms bolt, run, bug out, flee, fly, hightail (it), retreat, run away, run off, skedaddleRelated Words abscond, clear out, decamp, elope, escape, get (away), get out, lam, light out, make off, mizzle [chiefly British], scarper [British], scat, scram, skip (out), skirrNear Antonyms beard, brave, confront, dare, defy, face; abide, dwell, hang around, linger, remain, stay, stick around, tarry

  12. 12 to use up all the physical energy of <the trek up the mountain just about broke me> Synonyms exhaust, burn out, bust, do in, do up, drain, fag, fatigue, frazzle, harass, kill, knock out, outwear, tire, tucker (out), wash out, wear, wear out, wearyRelated Words debilitate, enervate, enfeeble, sap, waste, weakenNear Antonyms activate, energize, invigorate, rejuvenate, strengthen, vitalize; relax, rest, unwind

  13. 13 to become known <as soon as the scandal broke, the CEO fled the country> Synonyms get out, circulate, come out, get about, get around, get round, leak (out), out, spreadRelated Words develop, transpire, unfold; disclose, reveal, spill, tellNear Antonyms hush (up), suppress; conceal, disguise, hide, mask; secrete

  14. 14 to cause to lose one's fortune and become unable to pay one's debts <another bad investment could break him> Synonyms bankrupt, ruin, bustRelated Words beggar, impoverish, pauperize; reduce, straiten; clean (out), wipe outNear Antonyms enrich, richen

  15. 15 to come into existence <the crisis had passed, and a new day was breaking> Synonyms actualize, appear, arise, begin, commence, dawn, engender, form, materialize, originate, set in, spring, startRelated Words be, breathe, exist, live, subsist; arrive, come on, emerge; coalesce, cohere, shape (up); continue, endure, last, persist, surviveNear Antonyms conclude, desist, discontinue, finish, halt, quit, terminate; disappear, dissolve, evaporate, vanish; depart, die, expire, pass away, perishAntonyms cease, end, stop

  16. 16 to depart abruptly from a straight line or course <the running back broke to his left before running out of bounds> Synonyms swerve, cut, sheer, veer, yaw, zag, zigRelated Words skew, slew (also slue); arc, arch, bend, bow, crook, curve, hook, round, sweep, wheel; about-face, pivot; circle, coil, curl, loop, spiral; turn, twist, wind; weave, zigzag; deviate, stray, wander, waverAntonyms straighten

  17. 17 to diminish the price or value of <distressing economic news that will break many energy stocks> Synonyms attenuate, depreciate, cheapen, depress, devaluate, devalue, downgrade, lower, mark down, reduce, sink, write down, write offRelated Words debase, demonetize; underestimate, underprice, underrate, undervalue; abridge, compress, contract, de-escalate, deflate, downsize, dwindle, lessen, moderate, shrinkNear Antonyms bloat, blow up, inflate; overestimate, overprice, overrate, overvalue; add, aggrandize, amplify, augment, balloon, boost, compound, dilate, enlarge, escalate, expand, extend, heighten, increase, maximize, multiply, raise, swell, upAntonyms appreciate, enhance, mark up, upgrade

  18. 18 to go beyond the limit of <a menu with prices that is likely to break the budgets of all but the wealthiest of diners> Synonyms exceed, outreach, outrun, overpass, overreach, overrun, overshoot, overstep, surpass, transcendRelated Words encroach, entrench (also intrench), infringe, invade, trespass; overdo, overuse, overutilize, overwork

  19. 19 to penetrate the surface (as of water) from below <dolphins were breaking all around the boat> Synonyms broach, surfaceRelated Words emerge, riseNear Antonyms dive, drop, drown, founder, plunge, sink, submerge, submerse




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