Die Übersetzung von "break" - Englisch-Französisch Wörterbuch


verb /breik/ (past tense broke /brouk/, past participle brəken /ˈbroukən/)

to divide into two or more parts (by force).

briser, casser

(usually with off/away) to separate (a part) from the whole (by force).

She broke a piece off the bar of chocolate.

to make or become unusable.

Someone’s broken the photocopier.

to go against, or not act according to (the law etc)

désobéir à, manquer à
He broke the law by driving over the speed limit.

to do better than (a sporting etc record).

She broke the world high-jump record.

to interrupt

She broke her journey in London.

to put an end to

He broke the silence.

to make or become known

They gently broke the news of his death to his wife.

(of a boy’s voice) to fall in pitch.


to soften the effect of (a fall, the force of the wind etc).

Luckily, the thick grass broke his fall.

to begin

The storm broke before they reached shelter.
breakable adjective

(negative unbreakable) likely to break

breakable goods.
breakage /-kidʒ/ noun

the act of breaking, or its result(s).

breaker noun

a (large) wave which breaks on rocks or the beach.

breakdown noun

(often nervous breakdown) a mental collapse.

dépression (nerveuse)
The stress of the job caused him to suffer a nervous breakdown.

a mechanical failure causing a stop

The car has had another breakdown. See also break down.
breakneck adjective

(usually of speed) dangerous

de casse-cou
He drove at breakneck speed.
breakthrough noun

a sudden solution of a problem leading to further advances, especially in science.

a scientific breakthrough.
breakwater noun

a barrier to break the force of the waves.

break away

to escape from control

échapper (à)
The dog broke away from its owner.
break down

to use force on (a door etc) to cause it to open.

The police broke down the door.

to stop working properly

tomber en panne
My car has broken down.

to fail

The talks have broken down.

to be overcome with emotion

She broke down and wept.
break in(to)

to enter (a house etc) by force or unexpectedly (noun break-in

entrer par effraction (dans)
The Harrisons have had two break-ins recently).

to interrupt (someone’s conversation etc).

break loose

to escape from control

The dog has broken loose.
break off

to stop

(s’)arrêter (net)
She broke off in the middle of a sentence.
break out

to appear or happen suddenly

War has broken out.

to escape (from prison, restrictions etc)

(s’)évader; évasion
A prisoner has broken out (noun breakout).
break out in

to (suddenly) become covered in a rash, in sweat etc

se couvrir de
I’m allergic to strawberries. They make me break out in a rash.
break the ice

to overcome the first shyness etc

briser la glace
Let’s break the ice by inviting our new neighbours for a meal.
break up

to divide, separate or break into pieces

casser, se séparer
He broke up the old furniture and burnt it

to finish or end

(se) terminer
The meeting broke up at 4.40.
make a break for it

to make an (attempt to) escape

prendre la fuite
When the guard was not looking, the prisoners made a break for it.

(Die Übersetzung von "break" von PASSWORT Englisch-Französisch Wörterbuch © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)