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English definition of “brake”

brake

noun [C]     /breɪk/
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.The engine and engine partsEngines and motorsThe interior of vehicles 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.Accidents involving vehicles
(Definition of brake noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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