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

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 A National Institute of Corrections evaluation report released in January said the Pasquotank prison was so understaffed that workers cut corners in ways that created opportunities for the deadly breakout attempt. Fox News, "Top leaders at prison where 4 died demoted, took pay cuts," 27 Sep. 2018 Oak Ridge’s Logan Letney filled many roles this year – third baseman, right fielder, pitcher and breakout hitter. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Oak Ridge's Logan Letney is All-Greater Houston Baseball Hitter of the Year," 8 July 2018 Following a breakout rookie season in 2016-17, McGruder was sidelined by a preseason leg injury, not returning from surgery until Feb. 27. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Heat poised to guarantee 2018-19 salary of Rodney McGruder, keeping him from free agency," 30 June 2018 Barkov, 22, had a breakout 2017-18 season, tallying a team-best 78 points and 51 assists while also scoring 27 goals. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "NHL will honor Douglas hockey at its awards show. Two Panthers could win big, too.," 19 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

Maersk’s head of fleet technology, Ole Graa Jakobsen, said of the fire that broke out March 6, 2018, on the Maersk Honam, a 353-meter (1,158 foot) ship with capacity for 15,000 containers, in the Arabian Sea. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Ship Operators Raise Alarms Over String of Vessel Fires," 24 Mar. 2019 The Camp Fire has destroyed more than 10,000 homes, according to CNN, and is just one of three major wildfires that have broken out in California in November. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "A Norovirus Outbreak Spreads Among California Wildfire Shelters," 19 Nov. 2018 In the early hours of Sunday morning, 26-year-old Jemel Roberson was working security at a bar in the Chicago suburbs when a shooting broke out. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later," 15 Nov. 2018 As flooding hit the Big Island, winds fanned brush fires that had broken out in dry areas of Maui and Oahu. Fox News, "Storm drifts away from Hawaii after 'almost biblical' rains," 26 Aug. 2018 Games like Tencent’s Arena of Valor have seen some success in Asia, but there has yet to be a mobile e-sport that has broken out globally. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Supercell is launching the Clash Royale League next week," 17 Aug. 2018 The battle against Pawnee Fire captured in dramatic images Advertisement Sacramento Bee photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. captures the early battle against the Pawnee Fire in Lake County that broke out Sunday, June 24, 2018. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Gov. Brown declares state of emergency in fire-ravaged Lake County," 25 June 2018 Hernandez’s death comes at a time when gun violence is breaking out in the city at a near-daily clip. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Hartford Man Charged With Murder In Norwich Street Homicide," 24 June 2018 Yet the fire that broke out after a crash that killed four people on Interstate 84 so impaired the concrete overpass above that the state has decided to spend millions of dollars to replace it. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "How a 20-minute fire in the fatal I-84 crash ruined a concrete overpass," 22 June 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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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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