- break [n1] fissure, opening breach, cleft, crack, discontinuity, disjunction, division, fracture, gap, gash, hole, rent, rift, rupture, schism, split, tear; concepts 230,757 —Ant. association, attachment, binding, combination, fastening, juncture break [n2] interruption of activity blow, breather, breathing space, caesura, coffee break, cutoff, downtime*, halt, hiatus, interlude, intermission, interval, lacuna, layoff*, letup*, lull, pause, recess, respite, rest, suspension, ten*, time off, time out; concept 807 —Ant. continuation, continuity break [n3] change from friendly to unfriendly relationship alienation, altercation, breach, clash, difference of opinion, disaffection, dispute, divergence, estrangement, fight, misunderstanding, rift, rupture, schism, separation, split, trouble; concept 388 break [n4] lucky happening accident, advantage, chance, favorable circumstances, fortune, good luck, luck, occasion, opening, opportunity, shot, show, stroke of luck, time; concept 679 —Ant. bad luck, misfortune break [v1] destroy; make whole into pieces annihilate, batter, burst, bust, bust up, crack, crash, crush, damage, demolish, disintegrate, divide, eradicate, finish off, fracture, fragment, make hash of*, make mincemeat of*, part, pull to pieces, rend, separate, sever, shatter, shiver, smash, snap, splinter, split, tear, torpedo, total, trash*; concept 252 —Ant. attach, fasten, fix, join, mend, put together, secure break [v2] violate law breach, contravene, disobey, disregard, infract, infringe, offend, renege on, transgress, violate; concept 192 —Ant. agree, obey break [v3] weaken, cause instability bankrupt, bust, confound, confute, controvert, cow, cripple, declass, degrade, demerit, demoralize, demote, disconfirm, dispirit, disprove, downgrade, enervate, enfeeble, humiliate, impair, impoverish, incapacitate, pauperize, rebut, reduce, refute, ruin, subdue, tame, undermine; concept 240 —Ant. stabilize, strengthen break [v4] stop an action abandon, cut, discontinue, give up, interrupt, pause, rest, suspend; concept 121 —Ant. allow, cause break [v5] tell news announce, come out, communicate, convey, disclose, divulge, impart, inform, let out, make public, pass on, proclaim, reveal, tell, transmit; concept 60 —Ant. hide, keep quiet, secret break [v6] better a performance beat, cap, exceed, excel, go beyond, outdo, outstrip, surpass, top; concept 141 break [v7] emerge, happen appear, befall, betide, burst out, chance, come forth, come off, come to pass, develop, erupt, go, occur, transpire; concept 4 break [v8] run away abscond, bust out*, clear out*, cut and run*, dash, decamp, escape, flee, fly, get away, get out; concepts 102,195 —Ant. stay, wait break [v9] cushion something’s effect diminish, lessen, lighten, moderate, reduce, soften, weaken; concept 110
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