breakout

noun
break·out | \ ˈbrāk-ˌau̇t \

Definition of breakout 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a violent or forceful break from a restraining condition or situation especially : a military attack to break from encirclement

2 : an eruption or inflammation of the skin Because stress can throw your hormones out of balance, it can make normal sebaceous glands produce oil at an increased rate, causing breakouts. —Harper's Bazaar

breakout

adjective

Definition of breakout (Entry 2 of 3)

: being or relating to a sudden or smashing success especially in comparison to previous efforts a breakout book

break out

verb

Definition of break out (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to develop or emerge with suddenness or force fire broke out a riot broke out

2a : to become covered break out in a sweat

b : to become affected with an eruption or inflammation of the skin break out in hives his face broke out with acne

3 : to make a break from a restraining condition or situation broke out of a slump broke out of jail

transitive verb

1a : to make ready for action or use break out the tents and make camp

b : to produce for consumption break out a bottle of champagne

2 : to display flying and unfurled

3 : to separate from a mass of data break out newsstand sales

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Synonyms for breakout

Synonyms: Noun

break, escape, flight, getaway, lam, rout, slip

Synonyms: Verb

blaze (up), burst (forth), erupt, explode, flame, flare (up)

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Examples of breakout in a Sentence

Noun

the captives had been planning to stage a breakout at the next change in shift for the guards

Adjective

The company had a breakout year last year, tripling its profits from the previous year.

Verb

in the wake of news reports of deaths from the flu, panic broke out, and there was a mad rush for flu shots
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That includes wide receiver Josh Doctson, the former TCU standout who is looking to have a breakout season in 2018. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Josh Doctson impressed with new teammate, former Cowboys DB Orlando Scandrick," 10 July 2018 Despite a poor finish, ASU is coming off a breakout season, reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014 and posting the highest average home attendance in school history. Doug Haller, azcentral, "ASU basketball's Bobby Hurley finds a home in the Arizona desert," 9 July 2018 Carr and the offense took a step back after their breakout season in 2016. Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY, "Raiders training camp questions: Will Jon Gruden rejuvenate Derek Carr and Co.?," 3 July 2018 The event was part a rally for non-violence and part homecoming celebration for Looney, who enjoyed a breakout season in helping Golden State win its third championship in four years. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "NBA champion Kevon Looney urges kids to keep the peace during homecoming celebration," 29 June 2018 There’s Brandon Ingram, who had a breakout season in 2017-18 (and who also plays small forward), Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "How the Lakers should convince LeBron James to sign with them," 25 June 2018 Since joining the Saints, he's also reunited with receivers coach Curtis Johnson who coached him during his breakout season with the Bears. Amos Morale Iii, NOLA.com, "Despite progress, Saints' Cameron Meredith being patient with knee injury recovery," 30 May 2018 After one breakout season in crimson, the point guard is moving on to become the program's first draft pick in a decade. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "How Collin Sexton remembers Alabama season, what comes next in NBA," 1 May 2018 The injury temporarily derailed what was expected to be a breakout season. Rich Mayor, Naperville Sun, "'We don't want to overdo it': Benet eases sophomore star Megan Seranko back into regular pitching role," 28 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

American Ashley Wagner was a surprise omission from the U.S. figure skating roster after Tennell's breakout performances in Skate America and the national championships. Anchorage Daily News, "Everything you need to know about the Winter Olympics," 8 Feb. 2018 American Ashley Wagner was a surprise omission from the U.S. figure skating roster after Tennell's breakout performances in Skate America and the national championships. The Washington Post, chicagotribune.com, "Everything you need to know about the Winter Olympics," 7 Feb. 2018 Sparring Partner Next year's breakout Victoria's Secret supermodel, who has a mean right cross. Benjy Hansen-bundy, GQ, "How To Be Better Than Everyone Else In 2018," 7 Feb. 2018 The evening featured a panel presentation and interactive breakout discussion groups aimed to empower singles to share their common experiences and ideas for proactive solutions. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "South Beach soiree attracts Jewish singles looking for love," 7 Feb. 2018 Johnson said via email, before her breakout weekend. Chadd Cripe, idahostatesman, "U.S. Olympians with ties to Idaho include skier, snowboarders | Idaho Statesman," 6 Feb. 2018 Bartosz Kapustka, a player hyped for his breakout performances for Poland at Euro 2016, failed to play a single Premier League game last season and was loaned to Freiburg for 2017-18. SI.com, "Extent of Leicester's Poor 2016 Recruitment Made Clear After Last Signings Leave Club," 2 Feb. 2018 Similarly, Haddish’s spirited turn in Girls Trip was one of the breakout performances of 2017. Eliza Berman, Time, "The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2018 Oscar Nominations," 23 Jan. 2018 Camila Mendes is best known for her breakout performance as pithy former mean girl Veronica Lodge on The CW's Riverdale. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale's Camila Mendes Impersonates the Internet," 18 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Building fire, which broke out in the East County community of Dulzura, burned about 10 acres and destroyed one home and one accessory structure, fire officials said. Lyndsay Winkley, latimes.com, "Number of structures lost in San Diego County fire more than doubles," 9 July 2018 The Building Fire, which broke out in the East County community of Dulzura, burned about 10 acres and destroyed one home and one accessory structure, fire officials said. Lyndsay Winkley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Count of homes damaged, destroyed by Alpine fire more than doubles," 8 July 2018 The fast-moving blaze that broke out Saturday in western Yolo County charred at least 34 square miles of dry brush and threatened more than two dozen structures in ranchland northwest of Sacramento. BostonGlobe.com, "Evacuations ordered as winds fuel Northern California fires," 1 July 2018 The fast-moving blaze that broke out Saturday in western Yolo County charred at least 34 square miles (88 square kilometers) of dry brush and threatened more than two dozen structures in ranchland northwest of Sacramento. Fox News, "Evacuations ordered as winds fuel Northern California fires," 1 July 2018 Almena, his wife and three children lived in the warehouse but were staying in an Oakland hotel the night of the fire, which broke out during an electronic music performance in 2016. Paul Elias, chicagotribune.com, "Lawyers: Plea deal reached in Ghost Ship warehouse fire that killed three dozen," 30 June 2018 The Pawnee Fire, which broke out Saturday near the community of Clearlake Oaks, has destroyed 12 buildings and threatened an additional 600. CBS News, "California wildfires force authorities to order thousands to evacuate," 25 June 2018 The intensity of the protests, which first broke out on April 18 in response to unpopular social security reforms, has come as a surprise to many Nicaraguans. Kyra Gurney, miamiherald, "Amid worsening violence, Nicaraguans say crisis has reached 'catastrophic' proportions," 5 June 2018 Two slaughters are part of the novel’s context: Troy and the first world war, which broke out just as Joyce began his book. The Economist, "In times of crisis, writers turn to Homer," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of breakout

Noun

1820, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1960, in the meaning defined above

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of breakout was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for breakout

breakout

noun

English Language Learners Definition of breakout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an escape from a prison, jail, etc.

breakout

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of breakout (Entry 2 of 2)

: having, causing, or marked by sudden and great success that comes usually after a time without much success

breakout

noun
break·out | \ ˈbrā-ˌkau̇t \

Medical Definition of breakout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an eruption or inflammation of the skin This is especially true for those who have acne and are desperate to stop breakouts without taking prescription antibiotics … —Stacie Stukin, The Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2007 Because stress can throw your hormones out of balance, it can make normal sebaceous glands produce oil at an increased rate, causing breakouts.Harper's Bazaar, May 1981

break out

intransitive verb
\ (ˈ)brā-ˈkau̇t \

Medical Definition of break out (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to be affected with a skin eruption and especially one indicative of the presence of a particular disease breaking out with measles

2 of a disease : to manifest itself by skin eruptions

3 : to become covered with break out in a sweat

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