Definition of brake
- apply the brakes
- took his foot off the brake
- use interest rates as a brake on spending
First Known Use: circa 1782See Words from the same year
I had to brake suddenly when a cat ran in front of the car.
braked the car sharply when someone pulled out in front of us
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use: 1562See Words from the same year
: to use the brake on a vehicle
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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