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breachnoun [C]

uk   /briːtʃ/  us   /briːtʃ/
  • breach noun [C] (BROKEN PROMISE/RULE)

an ​act of ​breaking a ​law, ​promise, ​agreement, or ​relationship: They ​felt that ​ourdiscussions with other ​companiesconstituted a breach of/inouragreement. He was ​sued for breach of ​contract. There have been ​serious security breaches (= ​breaks in ​oursecuritysystem).
(a) breach of the peace specialized
(an ​example of) ​illegalnoisy or ​violentbehaviour in a ​publicplace
be in breach of sth formal
to be ​breaking a ​particularlaw or ​rule: The ​theatre was in breach of the ​safetylaws for having no ​firedoors.
  • breach noun [C] (OPENING)

formal a ​hole that is made in a ​wall or in another ​structure being used for ​protection during an ​attack: A ​cannonball had made a breach in ​theircastlewalls.

breachverb [T]

uk   /briːtʃ/  us   /briːtʃ/ formal
  • breach verb [T] (BREAK PROMISE/RULE)

to ​break a ​law, ​promise, ​agreement, or ​relationship: They breached the ​agreement they had made with ​theiremployer.
  • breach verb [T] (MAKE OPENING)

to make an ​opening in a ​wall or ​fence, ​especially in ​order to ​attack someone or something behind it: Their ​defences were ​easily breached.
(Definition of breach from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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breachnoun [C]

 us   /britʃ/
  • breach noun [C] (BREAK)

an ​act of ​breaking a ​rule, ​law, ​custom, or ​practice: In a breach of ​security, ​unauthorizedpeople were ​able to ​board the ​plane.
  • breach noun [C] (OPENING)

an ​opening in a ​wall or ​fence or in a ​line of ​militarydefense
breach
verb [T]  us   /britʃ/
The ​river breached the ​dams.
(Definition of breach from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"breach" in Business English

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breachnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /briːtʃ/ LAW
a ​failure to obey a ​law or to do what was promised or ​agreed: breach of sth Companies face ​fines of up to €75,000 for each breach of the ​legislation.be/constitute a breach To ​publish in this ​form would ​constitute a breach of ​copyright.a clear/flagrant/blatant breach His ​refusal to ​account for the ​money was a flagrant breach of all ​rules of ​professionalconduct. a serious/​fundamental/grave breach a possible/​potential/​alleged breach The ​propertydeveloper was ​awarded $2,000,000 for breach of ​contract over the ​restaurant chain's ​withdrawal from a ​lease. Both the Stock Exchange and the ​panelcleared the ​bank of any breach of ​regulations or insider-trading. The ​public are used to breaches of promise by ​governments.
breach of the peace
the ​offence of ​illegal, noisy, or violent ​behaviour: He was charged with breach of the ​peace at a ​blockade of the naval ​base last March.
be in breach of sth
to be ​breaking a particular ​law or ​rule: Checks at Companies ​House show the ​firm is nearly 10 months ​overdue with its ​accounts in breach of ​companylaw. The ​vendor will be ​required to ​warrant that it is not in breach of any of the ​contracts of ​employment.

breachverb [T]

uk   us   /briːtʃ/ formal LAW
to not obey a ​law or to not do what was promised or ​agreed: The ​corporation was ​sued for allegedly breaching a ​contract to ​supply voice-mail ​systems. The organization's ​conduct during the ​conflict breached ​internationallaw, according to a ​leadinghumanrightsgroup. breach ​rules/​regulations Since the ​group warned it was in danger of breaching its ​bankingcovenants last week, the ​shares have ​tumbled 47%.
(Definition of breach from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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