breakout

noun
break·​out | \ ˈbrāk-ˌau̇t \

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

By any standards, Robbie bears a striking, real-life likeness to the original 1950s doll—blue eyes, blonde hair, chiseled features, and a jaw-dropping figure that took center stage in her breakout role in The Wolf of Wall Street. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Will Margot Robbie's Starring Role as Barbie Reinforce Old Stereotypes—or Defy Them?," 9 Jan. 2019 Reynolds, known for her breakout role in Singin' in the Rain, played Grace's mom, Bobbi Adler, on the show from 1999-2006. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'Will & Grace' Star Debra Messing Shares Incredibly Touching Story About Debbie Reynolds," 4 Oct. 2018 Each day the exhibit will release a film online where guests can spot themselves behind the scenes or starring in a breakout role. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hermès' New Tokyo Exhibit Lets You Star in a French Film," 18 July 2018 The 25-year-old Kittle is currently enjoying a breakout sophomore season, having already totaled 69 catches, 1,103 receiving yards and four scores. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Five more things to know about the Seahawks’ next opponent, the San Francisco 49ers," 11 Dec. 2018 Much has been made of the breakout season of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, and for good reason. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House uses color to underscore its horror," 26 Oct. 2018 Having previously worked in advertising and then TV and music video production, Monteras' first foray into feature filmmaking has given Philippine cinema a breakout hit. Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Respeto': Film Review," 11 July 2018 As the breakout star of Barry Jenkins’ buzzy If Beale Street Could Talk, the film adaptation of the James Baldwin novel in theaters now, Layne plays Tish Rivers, a woman trying to prove her lover’s innocence while pregnant with their first child. Candice Benbow, Glamour, "Meet KiKi Layne, the If Beale Street Could Talk Actress Everyone's Talking About," 27 Dec. 2018 Two of the breakout stars of the USA reality show Chrisley Knows Best are striking out on their own. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Savannah and Chase From ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ Are Getting Their Own Show," 31 Oct. 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 is one class of people who definitely should not be breaking out the bubbly this New Year's Eve: astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to champagne’s universal appeal is the physics of bubbles," 31 Dec. 2018 Minnesota attempted to lean on Dalvin Cook early, but the back never broke out. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "What the national media are saying about the Seahawks’ win over the Vikings on #MNF," 11 Dec. 2018 Trump’s move to end the TPS programs, which allow certain immigrants to live in the US after a natural disaster strikes or war breaks out back home, is now tied up in a court challenge. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "The hypocrisy of Trump’s immigration agenda is getting harder to ignore," 11 Dec. 2018 In 2014, her three-year-old twins were breaking out in rashes and her eldest daughter's hair was dropping out in clumps. Sarah Hurtes, Harper's BAZAAR, "Women Who Risk Everything to Defend the Environment," 30 Nov. 2018 On Friday morning, Mr. Campos was the first to be called, and a grin broke out on his face as he and his large family, including his mother-in-law hobbling on a bad foot, lined up outside the U.S. port of entry on Friday. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "Get in Line, Long-Suffering Asylum Seekers Tell Caravan Arrivees," 30 Nov. 2018 All the big platforms are leery of a patchwork of such regulations breaking out all over the country. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How China complicates Apple’s chest-thumping about privacy," 25 Oct. 2018 During the warmer-than-average El Niño years of 2015 and 2016, extensive forest fires broke out in the Amazon. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Forest Fires Release Way More Carbon Than We Thought," 11 Oct. 2018 Once again, the media is coming alive with dramatic pictures of raging wildfires breaking out in the West. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Wildfires spread across West, including one so large it can be seen from space," 11 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)

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

breakout

noun
break·​out | \ ˈbrā-ˌkau̇t \

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 \

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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