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: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 An early breakout talent for her agency with lots of hype around her work, Diawara was one to watch. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Kadija Diawara Wants The World To Know That She's More Than A Hijabi Model," 6 Sep. 2019 The Ravens signed veteran Mark Ingram II to be their lead runner, with power-running 2018 breakout Gus Edwards and shifty rookie Justice Hill behind him. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Scouting report for Sunday’s Ravens-Dolphins game," 5 Sep. 2019 Bosa, the rookie, was more diplomatic Monday while acknowledging a possible breakout debut. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "Optimistic Nick Bosa motivated to make NFL debut in 49ers’ opener," 2 Sep. 2019 Last season's winner begins with a familiar defeat, while Chelsea is left to sort out some internal decision making and RB Salzburg's breakout star takes it a step further on opening day of the 2019-2020 Champions League. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Liverpool Falls, Haland Breaks Out, PK Drama for Chelsea in UCL's Return," 17 Sep. 2019 The 23-year-old Medvedev, a breakout star in men’s tennis, showed nothing less in his own major final debut Sunday night. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Rafael Nadal humble matador once more, finds way to win when all is going wrong," 9 Sep. 2019 Cameron, then a young writer for The Hollywood Reporter, knew Harper would be a breakout star and the two became close friends. Liz Mcneil, PEOPLE.com, "Valerie Harper's Friend of 50 Years Remembers the 'Most Kind Person I've Ever Known'," 5 Sep. 2019 Tullock, especially, is the breakout star of the film, imbuing her ostentatious character with real soul. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "‘Before You Know It’ review: Judith Light’s a scene stealer in dramedy about reunited family," 5 Sep. 2019 Tullock, especially, is the breakout star of the film, imbuing her ostentatious character with real soul. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Before You Know It’ is a charming but messy take on family love," 5 Sep. 2019 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 All three lead safety officers reported to Bulkeley ahead of dismissal on Monday as a precaution after several fights had broken out during the day, leading to students being disciplined. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "School safety supervisor uses unauthorized pepper spray to disperse fight at Hartford high school," 10 Sep. 2019 The 34 people were trapped in a cramped bunkroom below the main deck of the Conception after the fire broke out around 3 a.m. Monday and quickly engulfed the boat. Brian Melley, BostonGlobe.com, "Smoke inhalation blamed for 34 deaths in California dive boat disaster," 6 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, authorities began formally identifying some of the 34 people who died after a fire broke out aboard the ship early Monday morning. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "California dive boat fire: Recovery of Conception suspended for safety concerns," 6 Sep. 2019 Police in South Africa arrested 300 people after riots directed at migrants from other parts of Africa broke out in Johannesburg and Pretoria, killing at least five people. The Economist, "Politics this week," 5 Sep. 2019 Regions Hospital was temporarily put on lockdown early Tuesday after a fight broke out between family members of at least one of the men shot, the Star Tribune reported. Fox News, "3 shot in chaotic scene outside Minnesota State Fair: report," 3 Sep. 2019 Some people have died and rescuers were searching for 34 more Monday morning after a fire broke out aboard a dive boat off the Southern California Coast. chicagotribune.com, "Coast Guard responding to deadly boat fire off the coast of southern California; 34 people unaccounted for," 2 Sep. 2019 Jurnee Thompson, 8, was shot Friday night after a fight broke out at a football jamboree. Anita Hassan, NBC News, "'It feels like nowhere is safe': St. Louis children confront a wave of gun violence," 29 Aug. 2019 Two other officers were trapped inside the house for about five hours after the shooting broke out but were freed by a SWAT team well after darkness fell on the residential neighborhood. Christina Paciolla, sun-sentinel.com, "Philadelphia gunman in custody after hourslong standoff," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of breakout

Noun

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1960, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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

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The first known use of breakout was before the 12th century

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breakout

noun
How to pronounce break out (audio)

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
\ (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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