breakout

noun
break·​out | \ ˈbrāk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce breakout (audio) \

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
broke out; broken out; breaking out; breaks out

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, bunk [British], 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

Jimmy Tatro The breakout star from Netflix's American Vandal dated Hannah Montana's Emily Osment years ago. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "16 Celebs You Didn’t Know Dated Disney Channel Stars," 14 May 2019 But Shanghai’s emerging status works in young designers’ favor, especially Ma’s, who has been able to shine as the calendar’s breakout star. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Ming Ma, Shanghai’s Breakout Designer, Talks His Influences and the Future of Chinese Fashion," 4 Apr. 2019 Kathy Griffin’s mother Maggie became a breakout star on the comedian’s reality show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Korin Miller, SELF, "Kathy Griffin Reveals Her Mother Has 'Rapidly Fallen Into the Throes of Dementia'," 4 Jan. 2019 Bella has spoken in the past about her struggles with acne, and she's even been known to share photos of her breakouts on social media. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Deals with Breakouts by Highlighting Her Freckles," 19 Oct. 2018 With the bases loaded, New York’s beefy, breakout slugger split his bat near the handle but still muscled a single to center against Ryan Burr for a 1-0 lead. Jake Seiner, The Seattle Times, "Sabathia cruises in return from angioplasty, Yanks 1-hit CHW," 13 Apr. 2019 Dobrev's go-to settings are either the red light for anti-aging benefits or a combination of red and blue lights for healing breakouts. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Nina Dobrev's Nighttime Skincare Routine," 9 Apr. 2019 Regardless of Flip or Flop's fate, though, Christina's breakout series is a breath of fresh air. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "What to Know About Christina El Moussa's New Show 'Christina on the Coast'," 24 Mar. 2019 Keep cards, dice, and chess at the ready for group games and one-on-one breakout sessions. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 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

There are a few scenarios that warrant breaking out a shoe-lacing hack. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "6 Lacing Hacks to Make Your Running Shoes Way More Comfortable," 8 May 2019 Those explosions can have pretty significant consequences when a fire breaks out near a concrete structure, but the actual process of how the blowups happen isn't very well understood by scientists. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Concrete Blow Up When Heated (and See Why It Happens)," 6 May 2019 Throughout the film, the audience was not shy to break out in applause or tears. Kendall Lindsay, Vogue, "A Poignant Premiere: The Tribeca Film Festival Screens At the Heart of Gold," 29 Apr. 2019 When paired with a matching blazer and shorts combo, silver slip-ons are polished enough for the office but cool enough to break out on the weekend. Nicola Fumo, Harper's BAZAAR, "5 Chic Looks You Can Wear to Work and on the Weekend," 18 Mar. 2019 The '80s are still making a huge comeback, in case anyone wanted to break out their own denim dresses. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra Jonas Serves Up '80s Rainbow Realness in 'Jimmy Fallon' Appearance," 13 Feb. 2019 Brown can’t seem to break out of a narrow lead over Buehler, clinging to a 3.7-point lead in the polling average, but Cook still says the race leans toward the Democrats. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "The 13 most important governor elections in 2018, briefly explained," 15 Oct. 2018 The paper stopped breaking out the number in quarterly results last year. BostonGlobe.com, "Nintendo’s dramatic drop leaves investors scrambling for reasons," 5 June 2018 The details are a drag, but even the fanciest oils tend to make my skin break out. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "I Regret to Inform You Vintner’s Daughter Is Totally Worth It," 24 Apr. 2019

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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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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)

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

breakout

noun
break·​out | \ ˈbrā-ˌkau̇t How to pronounce breakout (audio) \

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 How to pronounce break out (audio) \

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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