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English definition of “break”

break

verb [I or T] (EMOTION)    /breɪk/ (broke, broken)
to lose your confidence , determination , or ability to control yourself, or to make someone do this: He thought she would break under the strain . They tried to break his will (= make him lose his control ) but he resisted .Becoming and making less strong
(Definition of break verb (EMOTION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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