breakaway

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noun

break·​away ˈbrā-kə-ˌwā How to pronounce breakaway (audio)
1
a
: one that breaks away
b
: a departure from or rejection of something (such as a group or tradition)
2
a
: a play (as in hockey) in which an offensive player breaks free of the defenders and rushes toward the goal
b
: a sudden acceleration by one or more bicyclists pulling away from the pack in a race
3
: an object made to shatter or collapse under pressure or impact

breakaway

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adjective

1
: favoring independence from an affiliation : seceding
a breakaway faction formed a new party
2
: made to break, shatter, or bend easily
breakaway road signs for highway safety
3
a
: of, relating to, or resulting from a breakaway
a breakaway goal
b
: allowing or having an ability to execute a breakaway
breakaway speed

break away

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verb

broke away; broken away; breaking away; breaks away

intransitive verb

1
: to detach oneself especially from a group : get away
2
: to depart from former or accustomed ways
3
: to pull away with a burst of speed

Examples of breakaway in a Sentence

Adjective A breakaway faction formed a new party.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Micronations ran the gamut from utopian communes to libertarian breakaway republics to an Australian kingdom dedicated to gay and lesbian rights. Fred Nadis, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 July 2024 But coming after a brilliant run of breakaway adventures, this campus caper devastatingly refocused on the cousin's peculiar dynamic, at once warmly supportive and brutally transactional. EW.com, 10 June 2024
Adjective
In 2008, Russia and Georgia went to war over the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2024 Meanwhile, Russia has signed a deal to house a permanent naval base in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, also on the Black Sea, its leader told local media Thursday. Daryna Mayer, NBC News, 6 Oct. 2023
Verb
The bad news was that its parachute broke away in midair, drifting slowly to the ground as the rocket plummeted downward and landed with a whack. Silas Allen, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 June 2024 Styled with white button-down shirts and monochromatic tanks, the double denim outfits broke away from the Western trend that was popular during the last fashion week. Angela Velasquez, Sourcing Journal, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for breakaway 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of breakaway was in 1535

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“Breakaway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breakaway. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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