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English definition of “break”

break

verb [I/T] (SEPARATE)   /breɪk/ (past tense broke  /broʊk/, past participle broken  /ˈbroʊ·kən/)
to escape or separate from something or someone suddenly: [I always + adv/prep] The dog broke free and ran into traffic. [I always + adv/prep] The handle on the teapot just broke off.
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