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

Still, there are certain early pregnancy symptoms most people experience, such as a missed period, frequent urination, bloating, nausea, sore or enlarged breasts, and fatigue. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "How to Deal with a Pregnancy Scare," 28 Nov. 2018 Compared with the controls, flight attendants had increased rates of breast, uterine, cervical, gastrointestinal, skin and thyroid cancers. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Airline Crew Have Higher Cancer Rates," 5 July 2018 Last year, several consultants filed class-action lawsuits against the company for allegedly encouraging sellers to max out multiple credit cards and even sell their breast milk to buy inventory. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "LuLaRoe’s Founder Is Being Accused of Making “White Privilege” Comments About Guatemalan Culture," 2 Oct. 2018 Marijuana's main mind-altering ingredient was detected in nursing mothers' breast milk in a small study that comes amid evidence that more U.S. women are using pot during pregnancy and afterward. Fox News, "Marijuana detected in mother's breastmilk days after pot use, study finds," 27 Aug. 2018 The insurmountable task of deconstructing this soup, researchers note, is akin to unlocking every intricacy and benefit of breast milk. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Truth About Growth Factors in Skin Care and Why They're Controversial," 2 Aug. 2018 It has also been spotted in the vaginal fluids and breast milk of asymptomatic women. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Ebola mysteriously hid in a woman for more than a year before spreading," 27 July 2018 The World Health Organization resolution stated that breast milk is the healthiest choice for babies and encouraged countries to crack down on misleading claims from purveyors of formula. Rebecca Beitsch, The Christian Science Monitor, "All US states now allow breastfeeding in public," 13 July 2018 It's evolved over time to try to meet the composition and performance of breast milk. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Why breastfeeding is the "gold standard" for babies' health," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Her black two-piece suit looked both classic and modern, effortlessly chic with a double breasted jacket, rolled up sleeves, wide leg trousers and a high neck shirt. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Elizabeth Olsen's New Blonde Hair With Wispy Bangs is the Epitome of Olsen Style," 11 Dec. 2018 In a wool coat with a double breasted cut and an A-line velvet dress, Markle looked polished and her cheerful color palette elevated the classic pieces. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Finds an Affordable Statement Coat Ahead of the Holidays," 21 Nov. 2018 Also gracing the red carpet early on in the night was RuPaul who spoke with reporters in a white double-breasted suit by Calvin Klein, adorned with a few black Statues of Liberty. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "'Black-ish' actress Jenifer Lewis dons Nike sweatshirt at Emmy Awards," 18 Sep. 2018 The 21-year-old makeup mogul was in Houston, Texas for an appearance at Ulta Beauty, greeting fans wearing a hot pink double-breasted suit made of silk. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Showed Up to Work as "Business Barbie” and It’s a Mood," 20 Nov. 2018

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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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