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verb [T] (NOT OBEY)    /breɪk/ (broke, broken)
B2 to fail to keep a law, rule, or promise: He didn't know he was breaking the law (= doing something illegal). She broke her promise/word to me (= did not do what she promised she would).Obeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviourMaking and breaking promises and commitments
(Definition of break verb (NOT OBEY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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