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

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

Damaso Lopez Nunez, once a loyal lieutenant for Guzman, told the jury that Emma Coronel Aispuro helped her husband communicate with his sons and others who coordinated the breakout at Altiplano prison in central Mexico. Tom Hays, The Seattle Times, "Witness: El Chapo’s wife was in on plans for prison escape," 23 Jan. 2019 The addictive breakout single Any good, truly tearjerking movie must have a tearjerking companion song. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Is A Star Is Born the New Titanic? Discuss.," 9 Oct. 2018 French police have launched a massive manhunt for Faid, who has not been seen since the breakout Sunday. Fox News, "Helicopter pilot beaten during French criminal's escape," 4 July 2018 Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, who created the breakout hit, have signed an exclusive multiple-year overall deal with the streaming giant. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Dark' Creators Ink Overall Deal With Netflix," 19 June 2018 Unfortunately for Pigot, the breakout has yet to come. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar midseason review, part II: What's gone wrong," 15 June 2018 Miami ranked 26th in sacks (with 30), and Harris did not have the breakout rookie season many had hoped from the Dolphins' first-round pick. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "Will Charles Harris have a breakout year? The Dolphins sure seem to think so," 5 June 2018 Authorities said that the mass breakout could have been caused after a river overflowed following heavy rainfall causing fences at the zoo to erode. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "La. black bear makes himself at home in city of Winnfield: report," 1 June 2018 And those are just a few of the many breakouts released during the first half of this year. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Best Albums of 2018 So Far," 1 June 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

Because the walk isn't super strenuous, there's no need to break out the hardcore hiking gear. Nicola Fumo, Town & Country, "What to Pack for an Irish Getaway," 4 Mar. 2019 Divisions among Democrats over investigating President Trump’s tax returns broke out into the open ahead of a high-profile hearing Thursday, reflecting a broader tension within the party over how aggressively to probe the administration. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "House Democrats Split on How Aggressively to Investigate Trump," 7 Feb. 2019 Click on the ZIP code to see 2017 lottery statistics broken out for scratch and jackpot games (Powerball, Lotto, Mega Millions, etc.) tickets. Gene Balk / Fyi Guy, The Seattle Times, "These are the luckiest — and unluckiest — places to play the Washington lottery, data show," 31 Oct. 2018 One of my favorite parts about the fall season is that its brisk temperatures give me an excuse to break out my favorite sweaters. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "J. Crew Has Lots of Cozy Fall Sweaters On Sale for Under $50," 14 Sep. 2018 The demonstrations come two years after what was then the largest prison strike in US history, with protests breaking out in at least 12 states in 2016. German Lopez, Vox, "America’s prisoners are going on strike in at least 17 states," 17 Aug. 2018 Violent protests broke out in Catalonia over his arrest, injuring dozens of people. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "A Catalan leader will avoid extradition from Germany on rebellion charges. But his troubles aren’t over.," 12 July 2018 Jones then allegedly contronted the man which prompted a verbal altercation and a physical fight to break out, according to TMZ. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Report: Atlanta Airport Employee Arrested After Fight With Adam 'Pacman' Jones," 11 July 2018 Over the weekend, however, the Duchess of Sussex took every opportunity to break out her more casual, breezy separates. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Shop Meghan Markle's Bright Yellow Dress from the 'Your Commonwealth' Youth Challenge Reception," 5 July 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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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)

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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