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brake

noun [C] uk   /breɪk/ us  
B1 a device that makes a vehicle go slower or stop, or a pedal, bar, or handle that makes this device work: She had no brakes on her bicycle. The driver suddenly applied (US put on) his brakes.informal I slammed on (= quickly used) the brake, but it was too late. All our new models have anti-lock brakes. screech/squeal of brakes the loud, unpleasant noise of a car suddenly stopping: Suddenly we heard a screech of brakes and saw the car swerve to miss the cyclist.

brake

verb [I] uk   /breɪk/ us  
B2 to make a vehicle go slower or stop, using its brake: When it's icy, brake gently. He would zoom up to junctions and brake hard/sharply at the last minute.
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