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English definition of “break”

break

verb [T] (NOT OBEY)   /breɪk/ (past tense broke  /broʊk/, past participle broken  /ˈbroʊ·kən/)
to fail to obey or follow a law, rule, or promise: He didn’t know he was breaking the law. My daughter got sick and I had to break my appointment.
(Definition of break verb (NOT OBEY) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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