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English definition of “break”

break

verb [I or T] (DAMAGE)    /breɪk/ (broke, broken)
A2 to (cause something to) separate suddenly or violently into two or more pieces, or to (cause something to) stop working by being damaged: The dish fell to the floor and broke. Charles is always breaking things. She fell and broke her arm (= broke the bone in her arm). I dropped the vase and it broke into pieces. I think I've broken your phone. I picked it up and the handle broke off. We heard the sound of breaking glass.Tearing and breaking into pieces
(Definition of break verb (DAMAGE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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