breast

noun
\ ˈbrest How to pronounce breast (audio) \

Definition of breast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : either of the pair of mammary glands extending from the front of the chest in pubescent and adult human females and some other mammals also : either of the analogous but rudimentary organs of the male chest especially when enlarged
2a : the fore or ventral part of the body between the neck and the abdomen
b : the part of an article of clothing covering the breast
3 : the seat of emotion and thought : bosom
4a : something (such as a front, swelling, or curving part) resembling a breast

breast

verb
breasted; breasting; breasts

Definition of breast (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to contend with resolutely : confront breasting the waves
2 chiefly British : climb, ascend
3 : to thrust the chest against the sprinter breasted the tape

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Other Words from breast

Noun

breasted \ ˈbre-​stəd How to pronounce breasted (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for breast

Synonyms: Noun

belly, blood, bone(s), bosom, core, gut, heart, heartstrings, inner space, inside, quick, soul

Synonyms: Verb

beard, brave, brazen, confront, dare, defy, face, outbrave, outface

Antonyms: Verb

dodge, duck, funk, shirk, sidestep

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Examples of breast in a Sentence

Noun

My breast heaved with emotion. a bird with an orange breast I ordered the grilled breast of chicken. a few slices of turkey breast Do you prefer a breast or a leg?

Verb

I was at the race's finish line to see the winner breast the tape. breasted the diagnosis of cancer with fortitude and optimism
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Almena pulled the list out of his breast pocket before testifying. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ghost Ship defendant: 50 government officials went inside warehouse before fire," 9 July 2019 Best wishes to Syracuse women's basketball player Tiana Mangakahia in her battle against breast cancer. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Morning Coffee: Louisville and Kentucky will be well-represented at NBA Summer League," 2 July 2019 The Aussie pop singer was meant to play the famous festival back in 2005, but she was forced to scrap the show and others to beat a breast cancer diagnosis. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Kylie Minogue Brought Out Chris Martin, Nick Cave for Her Long Overdue Glastonbury Performance: Watch," 1 July 2019 Other studies have shown that women with breast cancer who have strong social and emotional networks have better odds of survival. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, "The Importance of Friendship, According to Psychologists," 1 July 2019 Shyamala Gopalan Harris was a breast cancer scientist and civil rights activist who emigrated to the United States from India in 1960. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "In The Presidential Debate, Biden and Buttigieg Fall Short on Race: RaceAhead," 28 June 2019 Of course, there were also lows: In 2015, Rita was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Tom Hanks and Wife Rita Wilson's Real-Life Love Story Is Better Than Any Rom-Com," 21 June 2019 Rather, the foundation spent the majority of the money on fundraising and never directly granted any money to aid breast cancer research in Minnesota. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Florida cancer foundation allegedly swindled money from MN donors; AG Keith Ellison files order to ban it," 21 June 2019 In 2015, van der Laak gathered and digitized 400 lymph node slides from breast cancer patients at two Dutch centers. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Artificial intelligence could revolutionize medical care. But don’t trust it to read your x-ray just yet," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His hair was stylishly coiffed and his suit, double-breasted and buttoned, struck me as all wrong, a kind of elaborate deceit implying fabled expertise and dark competence. David Rabe, The New Yorker, "Uncle Jim Called," 1 July 2019 The bride wore a white silk strapless jumpsuit by Bevza with gold mules by Loeffler Randall, while the groom wore a slate gray double-breasted suit. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Has Officially Changed Her Last Name to Jonas After Her Surprise Wedding," 2 May 2019 Given its bold nature, Jordan paired it with a more classic double-breasted suit in navy and black. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Michael B. Jordan Is the Latest Hollywood Man to Rock a Harness," 28 Jan. 2019 For his appearance, Ali donned Dzojchen’s single-breasted suit in black silk with chevron print overlay and a matching button-up underneath. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Wrap Suit? It’s a Thing—And Mahershala Ali Has It Down," 11 Jan. 2019 Don’t forget to don your most proper double breasted dress, long white gloves, and add a tiara for good measure. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Don’t You...Wear Head-to-Toe Gucci All Day, Every Day," 2 Apr. 2019 The Duchess wore a red, double-breasted coatdress and matching hat. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Recycles a Red Catherine Walker Coatdress to Celebrate Commonwealth Day," 11 Mar. 2019 Her version, however, was a knee-length double breasted coat. Rose Minutaglio, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Channels Princess Diana In a Lace, Button-Up Gown," 9 Nov. 2018 Cary Grant, here in 1953, wears the black-tie look that was the standard for decades: a black single-breasted tuxedo with a white shirt and bow tie. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Who Is He Wearing? Male Stars Take Red-Carpet Fashion Risks," 2 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of breast

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for breast

Noun

Middle English brest, from Old English brēost; akin to Old High German brust breast, Old Irish brú belly, Russian bryukho

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breast

noun

English Language Learners Definition of breast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: either one of the two soft parts on a woman's chest that produce milk when she has a baby
old-fashioned + literary : the front part of a person's body between the neck and the stomach
literary : the chest thought of as the place where emotions are felt

breast

verb

English Language Learners Definition of breast (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : to push against or move through (something) with your chest forward

breast

noun
\ ˈbrest How to pronounce breast (audio) \

Kids Definition of breast

1 : either of the two enlarged soft parts on a woman's chest that contain a gland that produces milk when she has a baby
2 : the front part of the body between the neck and the stomach He held the treasure to his breast.
3 : the front part of a bird's body below the neck

Other Words from breast

breasted \ ˈbre-​stəd \ adjective a red-breasted bird

breast

noun
\ ˈbrest How to pronounce breast (audio) \

Medical Definition of breast

1 : either of the pair of mammary glands extending from the front of the chest in pubescent and adult females of humans and some other mammals also : either of the analogous but rudimentary organs of the male chest especially when enlarged
2 : the fore or ventral part of the body between the neck and the abdomen

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