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Another word for break

  1. The act of breaking

  2. The effect of breaking

      1. The act or process of moving apart or forcing something apart:
      2. The condition of being apart, especially the condition of two people who had lived together or been married living in different places.
      3. An interval or space that separates; a gap:
      1. To pull apart or into pieces by force; rend.
      2. To cause to be pulled apart unintentionally, as by accident:
      3. To lacerate (the skin, for example).
      1. To divide (something) from end to end, into layers, or along the grain:
      2. To cause to be split unintentionally:
      3. To cause to undergo nuclear fission or division into elements:
      1. To break without complete separation of parts:
      2. To break or snap apart:
      3. To make a sharp snapping sound:
  3. A pause

      1. A period of inactivity, relaxation, or sleep:
      2. Sleep or the refreshment resulting from inactivity or sleep:
      3. The repose of death:
      1. To fall from a previous level or standard, as of accomplishment, quality, or conduct:
      2. To deviate from a prescribed or accepted way:
      3. To pass gradually or smoothly; slip:
      1. An interval of time between one event, process, or period and another.
      2. Belonging to, serving during, or taking place during an intermediate interval of time; temporary:
      1. An interval between periods of activity, as between the acts of a play.
  4. Quarrel and separation

  5. Fortunate change or event: often plural

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  1. To start a rupture

  2. To shatter

  3. To fall apart

  4. To bring to ruin or to an end

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  5. To violate

  6. To interrupt

      1. A temporary cessation of the customary activities of an engagement, occupation, or pursuit:
      2. A period in the school day during which students are given time to play or relax.
      3. A remote, secret, or secluded place:
      1. To bar for a period from a privilege, office, or position, usually as a punishment:
      2. To cause to stop for a period; interrupt:
      3. To hold in abeyance; defer:
      1. To stop doing or providing (something); end or abandon:
      2. To cease making or manufacturing:
      3. To cease subscribing to (a publication).
      1. To throw into confusion or disorder:
      2. To interrupt or impede the progress of:
      3. To break apart or alter so as to prevent normal or expected functioning:
  7. To make known

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  8. To make tractable or spiritless

  9. To happen

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Synonym Study

  • Splinter , the splitting of wood, bone, etc. into long, thin, sharp pieces: all of these terms are used figuratively to imply great force or damage to break one's heart, smash one's hopes, crush the opposition, shatter one's nerves, etc.
  • Fracture , the breaking of a hard or rigid substance, as bone or rock
  • Split , separation lengthwise, as along the direction of the grain or layers
  • Crack , incomplete separation of parts or a sharp, snapping noise in breaking
  • Shatter , sudden fragmentation and a scattering of pieces
  • Crush suggests a crumpling or pulverizing pressure
  • Smash and crash add connotations of suddenness, violence, and noise
  • Break , the most general of these terms, expresses their basic idea of separating into pieces as a result of impact, stress, etc.