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verb (END)    /breɪk/ (broke, broken)
B2 [I or T] to destroy or end something, or to come to an end: Eventually someone spoke, breaking the silence. She laughed and that broke the tension. The enemy were unable to break the code (= understand it and so make it useless). Outside workers were brought in in an attempt to break (= end) the strike.Causing something to endComing to an end break a/the record B2 to do something better than the best known speed, time, number, etc. previously achieved: She broke the record for the 5,000 metres.Good, better and bestInformal words for goodQuite good, or not very good
(Definition of break verb (END) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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