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breakout

noun break·out \ ˈbrāk-ˌau̇t \

Definition of breakout

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

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

Definition of breakout

: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


break out

verb

Definition of break out

intransitive verb
1 :to develop or emerge with suddenness or force
  • fire broke out
  • a riot broke out
2 a :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
1 a :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

Examples of break out in a Sentence

  1. in the wake of news reports of deaths from the flu, panic broke out, and there was a mad rush for flu shots

First Known Use of break out

before 12th century

break out Synonyms


BREAKOUT Defined for English Language Learners

breakout

noun

Definition of breakout for English Language Learners

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


breakout

adjective

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

noun break·out \ ˈbrā-ˌkau̇t \

medical Definition of breakout

: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 StukinThe Los Angeles Times9 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 BazaarMay 1981

break out

intransitive verb \ (ˈ)brā-ˈkau̇t \

medical Definition of break out

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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