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English definition of “break”

break

verb [I or T, usually + adv/prep] (USE FORCE)    /breɪk/ (broke, broken)
C2 to go somewhere or do something by force: He threatened to break the door down (= enter using force). The horse tried to break free from its stable. In the storm the boat broke loose from its moorings. The thieves broke the safe open and stole the diamonds. The police broke up the fight (= ended it forcefully). She broke his grip and ran away.Destroying and demolishingDamaging and spoiling
(Definition of break verb (USE FORCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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