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An open break in a previously friendly relationship
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  1. An open break in a previously friendly relationship
  2. A break in friendly relations:
  3. A narrow break, crack, or other opening in a rock, usually made by cracking or splitting.
To cause the destruction or ruin of; destroy:
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  1. To cause the destruction or ruin of; destroy:
  2. To break into pieces; smash or burst:
  3. To break or burst into pieces suddenly, as with a blow
Used other than as an idiom: see come,‎ apart.
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  1. Used other than as an idiom: see come,‎ apart.
  2. (Intransitive) to break, separate.
To disturb or interrupt the orderly course of (a social affair, meeting, etc.)
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  1. To disturb or interrupt the orderly course of (a social affair, meeting, etc.)
  2. To throw into confusion or disorder:
  3. To break apart or alter so as to prevent normal or expected functioning:
A break, rupture, or crack, especially in bone or cartilage.
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  1. A break, rupture, or crack, especially in bone or cartilage.
  2. A break, crack, or split
  3. A break or rupture in bone tissue. &diamf3; A comminuted fracture results in more than two fragments. &diamf3; Although most fractures are caused by a direct blow or sudden, twisting force, stress fractures result from repetitive physical activity. &diamf3; In an incomplete fracture , the fracture line does not completely traverse the bone.
The result of splitting
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  1. The result of splitting
  2. An arrangement of bowling pins left standing after a bowl, in which two or more pins remain standing with one or more pins between them knocked down.
  3. A single thickness of hide split horizontally
A formal breach of union within a religious body, especially a Christian church.
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  1. A formal breach of union within a religious body, especially a Christian church.
  2. The offense of attempting to produce such a breach.
  3. Any of the sects, parties, etc. formed by such a split
(Geology) The breaking of certain minerals along specific planes, making smooth surfaces. These surfaces are parallel to the faces of the molecular crystals that make up the minerals. A mineral that exhibits cleavage breaks into smooth pieces with the same pattern of parallel surfaces regardless of how many times it is broken. Some minerals, like quartz, do not have a cleavage and break into uneven pieces with rough surfaces.
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  1. (Geology) The breaking of certain minerals along specific planes, making smooth surfaces. These surfaces are parallel to the faces of the molecular crystals that make up the minerals. A mineral that exhibits cleavage breaks into smooth pieces with the same pattern of parallel surfaces regardless of how many times it is broken. Some minerals, like quartz, do not have a cleavage and break into uneven pieces with rough surfaces.
  2. The hollow between a woman's breasts, as made visible by a low-cut neckline
  3. (Mineralogy) The tendency of some minerals to break in definite planes, producing smooth surfaces
(Obs.) A breaking or being broken
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  1. (Obs.) A breaking or being broken
  2. An opening made by a breakthrough, as in a wall, line of defense, etc.
  3. A failure to observe the terms, as of a law or promise, the customary forms, etc.; violation; infraction
A tear in an organ or tissue:
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  1. A tear in an organ or tissue:
  2. A break in friendly relations.
  3. A breaking off of friendly or peaceful relations, as between countries or individuals
The release of gas, ash, molten materials, or hot water into the atmosphere or onto the Earth's surface from a volcano or other opening in the Earth's surface.
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  1. The release of gas, ash, molten materials, or hot water into the atmosphere or onto the Earth's surface from a volcano or other opening in the Earth's surface.
  2. A sudden, often violent outburst.
  3. The act or process of erupting.
The condition or fact of not achieving the desired end or ends:
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  1. The condition or fact of not achieving the desired end or ends:
  2. A cessation of proper functioning or performance:
  3. The condition or fact of being insufficient or falling short:
An abrupt failure of function, strength, or health; a breakdown.
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  1. An abrupt failure of function, strength, or health; a breakdown.
  2. The act of collapsing; a falling in or together; failure or breakdown, as in business or health
  3. An abrupt loss of perceived value or of effect:
(--- Logic) The relation between the alternatives of a disjunctive proposition
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  1. (--- Logic) The relation between the alternatives of a disjunctive proposition
  2. The act of disjoining or the condition of being disjointed.
  3. (Genetics) The separation of homologous chromosomes during meiosis.
A slight narrow space:
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  1. A slight narrow space:
  2. (Slang) Hard, pebblelike pieces of highly purified cocaine prepared for smoking: a highly potent and addictive form of cocaine
  3. A partial split or break; a fissure.
An arrangement of bowling pins left standing after a bowl, in which two or more pins remain standing with one or more pins between them knocked down.
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  1. An arrangement of bowling pins left standing after a bowl, in which two or more pins remain standing with one or more pins between them knocked down.
  2. A single thickness of hide split horizontally
  3. A break; fissure; crack; tear
  1. Wear and tear
  2. A drop of the salty fluid secreted by the lacrimal gland to lubricate the eyeball, kill bacteria, etc.: in humans, tears may flow for emotional reasons due to the tightening of muscles near the glands
  3. The result of tearing; a rip or rent:
A formal legal severing of the relations between spouses that does not dissolve the marriage as in divorce.
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  1. A formal legal severing of the relations between spouses that does not dissolve the marriage as in divorce.
  2. The act or process of moving apart or forcing something apart:
  3. The condition of being so sorted or distinguished:
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  1. A break between two performances or sessions, such as at a concert, play, seminar, or religious assembly.
  2. An interval between periods of activity, as between the acts of a play.
  3. An interval of time between periods of activity; extended pause, as between acts of a play
An interval of time between one event, process, or period and another.
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  1. An interval of time between one event, process, or period and another.
A falling away from a moral standard; moral slip
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  1. A falling away from a moral standard; moral slip
  2. The failure of a bequest or devise to take effect because of the death of the person who was to receive it
  3. A gliding or passing away, as of time or of anything continuously flowing
The condition of being settled or resolved:
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  1. The condition of being settled or resolved:
  2. A period of inactivity, relaxation, or sleep:
  3. The repose of death:
A narrow break, crack, or other opening in a rock, usually made by cracking or splitting.
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  1. A narrow break, crack, or other opening in a rock, usually made by cracking or splitting.
  2. An open break in a previously friendly relationship
  3. A break in friendly relations:
A degree or amount by which things differ:
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  1. A degree or amount by which things differ:
  2. A noticeable change or effect:
  3. An instance of disparity or unlikeness:
A vehement quarrel.
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  1. A vehement quarrel.
  2. An angry or heated argument
Desirable or beneficial fortune.
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  1. Desirable or beneficial fortune.
Fortune; chance
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  1. Fortune; chance
  2. An unforeseen event that is not the result of intention or has no apparent cause:
  3. An unexpected and undesirable event, especially one resulting in damage or harm:
A chance for progress or advancement, as in a career.
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  1. A chance for progress or advancement, as in a career.
  2. A combination of circumstances favorable for the purpose; fit time
  3. A chance for advancement, progress or profit.
To break through (an obstacle) in order to win acceptance or acknowledgment:
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  1. To break through (an obstacle) in order to win acceptance or acknowledgment:
  2. To crush (corn or wheat, for example) into small pieces.
  3. To break without complete separation of parts:
To be or seem to be full to the point of breaking open:
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  1. To be or seem to be full to the point of breaking open:
  2. To come apart suddenly and violently, as from internal pressure; fly into pieces; break open or out; explode
  3. To separate (a continuous form or printout) into individual sheets.
To separate, cut, or divide into two or more parts; cause to separate along the grain or length; break into layers
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  1. To separate, cut, or divide into two or more parts; cause to separate along the grain or length; break into layers
  2. To separate (leather, for example) into layers.
  3. To separate or break up through failure to agree, etc.
To become torn or split; come apart:
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  1. To become torn or split; come apart:
  2. To tear or split apart or into pieces violently.
  3. To pull, split, or divide:
To break open; burst.
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  1. To break open; burst.
  2. To undergo or suffer a rupture:
  3. To break apart or burst
To dissolve (a connection or relationship):
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  1. To dissolve (a connection or relationship):
  2. To break into two or more pieces or parts; sever:
  3. To become broken into parts or disunited.
To break up (a relationship, for example); dissolve.
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  1. To break up (a relationship, for example); dissolve.
  2. To part or break off, as by cutting or with force; cut in two
  3. To divide into parts; break or interrupt:
To cause to break:
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  1. To cause to break:
  2. A break or rupture in bone tissue. &diamf3; A comminuted fracture results in more than two fragments. &diamf3; Although most fractures are caused by a direct blow or sudden, twisting force, stress fractures result from repetitive physical activity. &diamf3; In an incomplete fracture , the fracture line does not completely traverse the bone.
  3. To break, crack, or split
To force apart or divide into factions; disrupt; split
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  1. To force apart or divide into factions; disrupt; split
  2. To separate forcefully; wrench:
  3. To pull apart or separate into pieces by force; rip or rend (cloth, paper, etc.)
(Chemistry) To split (a complex molecule) into simpler molecules.
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  1. (Chemistry) To split (a complex molecule) into simpler molecules.
  2. To divide by a blow, as with an ax; split
  3. To split; separate; fall apart
To be or become split.
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  1. To be or become split.
  2. To break into pieces, as by a blow; cleave or split asunder.
  3. To split; cleave
To reduce or put an end to, as if by a puncture
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  1. To reduce or put an end to, as if by a puncture
  2. To depreciate or deflate:
  3. To pierce with a pointed object.
To affect sharply the senses or feelings of
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  1. To affect sharply the senses or feelings of
  2. To pass into or through as a pointed instrument does; penetrate; stab
  3. To cut or pass through with or as if with a sharp instrument; stab or penetrate.
To develop a hole or opening. Used especially of protective embankments:
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  1. To develop a hole or opening. Used especially of protective embankments:
  2. To break or violate (a contract, covenant, etc.)
  3. To break or violate (an agreement, for example).
To open, close, or fit together with a click:
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  1. To open, close, or fit together with a click:
  2. To bring the jaws together sharply; bite suddenly
  3. To strike sharply by releasing one end of something held under tension
To cut a slit or slits in, especially so as to reveal an underlying color:
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  1. To cut a slit or slits in, especially so as to reveal an underlying color:
  2. To cut slits in (a fabric, dress, etc.), esp. so as to expose underlying material, usually of another color
  3. To cut or form by cutting with forceful sweeping strokes:
To make a long deep cut in; slash deeply.
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  1. To make a long deep cut in; slash deeply.
To examine, analyze, or criticize in minute detail:
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  1. To examine, analyze, or criticize in minute detail:
  2. In surgery, to separate different anatomical structures along natural lines by dividing the connective tissue framework.
  3. To cut apart piece by piece; separate into parts, as a body for purposes of study; anatomize
To cut or divide into slices:
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  1. To cut or divide into slices:
  2. To divide into portions or shares; parcel out:
  3. To separate into parts or shares
To remove from association or union with something:
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  1. To remove from association or union with something:
  2. (Military) To separate for a special object or use.
  3. To unfasten or separate and remove; disconnect; disengage
To cause to separate into opposing factions; disunite:
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  1. To cause to separate into opposing factions; disunite:
  2. To sector into units of measurement; graduate:
  3. To separate into groups; classify
To become distinct or disengaged, as from a mixture
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  1. To become distinct or disengaged, as from a mixture
  2. To put space between; space apart or scatter:
  3. To become divided into components or parts:
To become separated.
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  1. To become separated.
  2. To undo the joining of; separate; detach
(Informal) To smash or break, especially forcefully:
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  1. (Informal) To smash or break, especially forcefully:
  2. (Slang) To undergo breakage; become broken.
  3. To cause to come to an end; break up:
To break or shatter into pieces with noise or violence
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  1. To break or shatter into pieces with noise or violence
  2. (Sports) To hit a ball, puck, or shuttlecock in a forceful overhand stroke.
  3. To break suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow or collision:
To cause the destruction or ruin of; destroy:
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  1. To cause the destruction or ruin of; destroy:
  2. To break or burst into pieces suddenly, as with a blow
  3. To break into pieces; smash or burst:
To break or dash into pieces; smash; shatter
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  1. To break or dash into pieces; smash; shatter
  2. To fall, collide, or break with force and with a loud, smashing noise
  3. (Informal) To join or enter (a party, for example) without invitation.
To press between two opposing forces so as to break or injure; put out of shape or condition by pressure; squeeze together; crumple
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  1. To press between two opposing forces so as to break or injure; put out of shape or condition by pressure; squeeze together; crumple
  2. To put down with force; subdue:
  3. To break, pound, or grind (stone or ore, for example) into small fragments or powder.
To cause (a sail) to flutter by sailing too close to the wind.
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  1. To cause (a sail) to flutter by sailing too close to the wind.
  2. To cause to break suddenly into fragments or splinters.
  3. To break into fragments or splinters; shatter.
(Intransitive) To come apart into long sharp fragments.
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  1. (Intransitive) To come apart into long sharp fragments.
  2. To cause to break apart into long sharp fragments.
  3. To split or break into sharp, slender pieces; form splinters.
To break or separate (something) into fragments.
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  1. To break or separate (something) into fragments.
  2. To become broken into fragments:
  3. To break into fragments; break up
To break or become broken into fragments.
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  1. To break or become broken into fragments.
  2. To break into fragments
To fall to pieces; disintegrate
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  1. To fall to pieces; disintegrate
  2. To give way; collapse:
  3. To break into small fragments or pieces:
To lose cohesion or unity:
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  1. To lose cohesion or unity:
  2. To become reduced to components, fragments, or particles.
  3. (Intransitive) To fall apart, break up into parts.
To cause (a sail) to flutter by sailing too close to the wind.
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  1. To cause (a sail) to flutter by sailing too close to the wind.
  2. To cause to break suddenly into fragments or splinters.
  3. To break into fragments or splinters; shatter.
To give sudden utterance or expression:
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  1. To give sudden utterance or expression:
  2. To separate (a continuous form or printout) into individual sheets.
  3. To come apart suddenly and violently, as from internal pressure; fly into pieces; break open or out; explode
(Idiomatic) To feel emotionally devastated; to break down.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To feel emotionally devastated; to break down.
To cause to break apart into long sharp fragments.
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  1. To cause to break apart into long sharp fragments.
  2. To break into small parts or into groups with divergent views; fragment
  3. To break or split into thin, sharp pieces
To fall into small fragments or pieces; disintegrate:
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  1. To fall into small fragments or pieces; disintegrate:
  2. To break into small fragments or pieces:
  3. To fall to pieces; disintegrate
To fall down or inward suddenly; cave in.
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  1. To fall down or inward suddenly; cave in.
  2. To cause to fold, break down, or fall down or inward.
  3. To fall down or fall to pieces, as when supports or sides fail to hold; cave in; shrink together suddenly
(Ergative, figuratively) to divide into parts to give more details, to provide a more indepth analysis of
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  1. (Ergative, figuratively) to divide into parts to give more details, to provide a more indepth analysis of
  2. (Ergative, figuratively) to render or to become weak and ineffective
  3. (Ergative, figuratively) to render or to become unstable due to stress, to collapse physically or mentally
(Intransitive) To diminish in size, value etc.
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  1. (Intransitive) To diminish in size, value etc.
  2. (Nautical) To change the direction of the sail so as to point in a direction that is more down wind; to bring the bow leeward.
  3. (Intransitive) To become detached or to drop from.
Alternative spelling of cave in.
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  1. Alternative spelling of cave in.
  2. To collapse inward or downward.
  3. (Idiomatic) To relent; to acquiesce; to comply; to grant approval; to lose willpower.
To give precedence to other road users.
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  1. To give precedence to other road users.
  2. To collapse or break under physical stresses.
(Archaic) To squander; waste.
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  1. (Archaic) To squander; waste.
  2. To bring or fall into a state of partial ruin, decay, or disrepair.
  3. To become or cause to become partially ruined and in need of repairs, as through neglect
To separate, cut, or divide into two or more parts; cause to separate along the grain or length; break into layers
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  1. To separate, cut, or divide into two or more parts; cause to separate along the grain or length; break into layers
  2. To separate or break up through failure to agree, etc.
  3. To divide and share:
To tear down or break apart the structure of; raze.
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  1. To tear down or break apart the structure of; raze.
  2. To do away with completely; put an end to:
  3. To destroy; ruin; bring to naught
To destroy completely:
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  1. To destroy completely:
  2. To consider or cause to be of no importance or without effect; nullify
  3. To conquer decisively; crush
To tear out by the roots; uproot
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  1. To tear out by the roots; uproot
  2. To get rid of; eliminate:
To proceed or move by crowding or pressing:
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  1. To proceed or move by crowding or pressing:
  2. To put down with force; subdue:
  3. To be or become crushed:
To encroach on someone or something; engage in trespassing:
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  1. To encroach on someone or something; engage in trespassing:
  2. To break (a law or agreement); fail to observe the terms of; violate
  3. To transgress or exceed the limits of; violate:
To disagree with in argument; contradict
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  1. To disagree with in argument; contradict
  2. To be inconsistent with; be contrary to:
  3. To go against; oppose; conflict with; violate
To stop doing or providing (something); end or abandon:
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  1. To stop doing or providing (something); end or abandon:
  2. To stop using, doing, etc.; cease; give up
  3. To interrupt the continuance of; to put an end to, especially as regards commercial productions; to stop producing, making, or supplying something.
To cause to stop for a period; interrupt:
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  1. To cause to stop for a period; interrupt:
  2. To render temporarily ineffective:
  3. To hold in abeyance; defer:
To form a recess in
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  1. To form a recess in
  2. To take a recess:
  3. To create or fashion a recess in:
To bring into view; uncover
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  1. To bring into view; uncover
  2. To reveal (dental plaque) as by applying a special coloring agent to the teeth
  3. To make known (something heretofore kept secret).
To give a detailed account of; narrate:
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  1. To give a detailed account of; narrate:
  2. To communicate by speech or writing; express with words:
  3. To reveal something that is not supposed to be revealed, especially something that someone has done wrong:
(Archaic) To proclaim publicly.
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  1. (Archaic) To proclaim publicly.
  2. To make known (something private or secret).
To subjugate (a region or people, for example) by military force.
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  1. To subjugate (a region or people, for example) by military force.
  2. To bring (a country) under control by force.
  3. To bring under control by physical force, persuasion, or other means; overcome:
To make something tame
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  1. To make something tame
  2. To change from an uncontrolled or disorderly to a controlled state:
  3. (Intransitive) to become tame
To cause (someone) physical or mental fatigue.
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  1. To cause (someone) physical or mental fatigue.
  2. Used other than as an idiom: see wear,"Ž down.
(Idiomatic) To form; to start to exist.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To form; to start to exist.
To present itself; come to mind
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  1. To present itself; come to mind
  2. To take place; come about.
  3. To be found to exist or appear:
To become affected with a disease; contract.
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  1. To become affected with a disease; contract.
  2. To aid in the growth of; strengthen:
  3. To cause (one's personality, a bud, etc.) to unfold or evolve gradually

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.
Find another word for break. In this page you can discover 149 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for break, like: rift, shatter, come-apart, disrupt, fracture, split, schism, cleavage, dissevering, riving and breach.