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English definition of “break”

break

verb [I/T] (END)   /breɪk/ (past tense broke  /broʊk/, past participle broken  /ˈbroʊ·kən/)
to end or change something, or to stop : [I] Cheryl found the habit of drinking a lot of coffee hard to break. [T] She broke the record for the 5000 meters (= she did better than the record ). [T] They worked hard to break the deadlock in the negotiations .
(Definition of break verb (END) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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