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breakout

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noun break·out \ˈbrāk-ˌau̇t\

Definition of breakout

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

  2. 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

Examples of breakout in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of breakout

1820


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breakout

adjective break·out

Definition of breakout

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

Examples of breakout in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of breakout

1960


BREAKOUT Defined for English Language Learners

breakout

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Definition of breakout for English Language Learners

  • : an escape from a prison, jail, etc.

breakout

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Definition of breakout for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

breakout

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noun break·out \ˈbrā-ˌkau̇t\

Medical Definition of breakout

  1. :  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



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