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How to Pronounce break?

Correct pronunciation for the word "break" is [bɹˈe͡ɪk], [bɹˈe‍ɪk], [b_ɹ_ˈeɪ_k].

Definition of break

  1. To part by force; to rend apart; to rupture; to shatter; to disperse; to weaken or impair; to subdue; to tame or make tractable; to make bankrupt; to dismiss or cashier; to violate, as a law; to interrupt; to intercept; to lessen the force of; to make a first disclosure of, as a scheme or tidings.
  2. The state of being broken; an opening or breach; an interruption; a line in writing or printing, noting suspension of the sense, or a stop; the first appearance of light in the morning, or the dawn; a drag or appliance to check motion; a strong-built carriage, used for breaking in horses, and training them to draught. To break the back, to ruin; to break the keel; to get through with the most part. To break bulk, to begin to unload. To break cover, to come forth from a lurking-place, as hunted game. To break a deer, to cut it up at table. To break ground, to plough; to dig; to open trenches; to commence an undertaking. To break the heart, to afflict grievously; to destroy with grief. To break a lance, to have trial of skill To break the ice, to overcome the first difficulties. To break in, to tame; to train to something. To break down, to destroy; to overcome; to give way. To break off, to part by breaking; to abandon; to desist suddenly. To break up, to dissolve, or put an end to; to open, or lay open; to separate; to disband. To break upon the wheel, to stretch and break the bones by torture upon the wheel. To break wind, to give vent to wind from the body. To break in, to enter by force: to intrude. To break loose, to escape from captivity; to shake off restraint. To break out, to issue forth; to discover itself by its effects; to arise or spring up; to appear in eruptions; to throw off restraint, and become dissolute. To break up, to dissolve and separate. To break with, to part in enmity; to cease to be friends.
  3. To part in pieces; to burst; to show the first light or dawn; to burst forth; to utter or exclaim; to become bankrupt; to decline in health and strength; to force a way; to interrupt friendship; to fall out; to change.

Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language By Nuttall, P.Austin

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