Synonyms for breaking


1. breakage, break, breaking, change of integrity
usage: the act of breaking something; "the breakage was unavoidable"


1. interrupt, break, end, terminate
usage: terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty"
2. break, separate, split up, fall apart, come apart, change integrity
usage: become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
3. break, damage
usage: render inoperable or ineffective; "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"
4. break, bust, destroy, ruin
usage: ruin completely; "He busted my radio!"
5. break, separate, divide
usage: destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments; "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match"
6. transgress, offend, infract, violate, go against, breach, break, disrespect
usage: act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"; "break a promise"
7. break, break out, break away, escape, get away, break loose
usage: move away or escape suddenly; "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"
8. break, disperse, dissipate, scatter, spread out
usage: scatter or part; "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"
9. break, burst, erupt, express emotion, express feelings
usage: force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger"
10. break, break off, discontinue, stop, end, terminate
usage: prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the negotiations"
11. break in, break, trespass, intrude
usage: enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act; "Someone broke in while I was on vacation"; "They broke into my car and stole my radio!"; "who broke into my account last night?"
12. break in, break, domesticate, domesticize, domesticise, reclaim, tame
usage: make submissive, obedient, or useful; "The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern"
13. violate, go against, break
usage: fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns; "This sentence violates the rules of syntax"
14. better, break, surpass, outstrip, outmatch, outgo, exceed, outdo, surmount, outperform
usage: surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record"
15. unwrap, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, break, give away, let out, tell
usage: make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"
16. break, become, go, get
usage: come into being; "light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air"
17. fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down, change
usage: stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"
18. break, break away, separate, part, split up, split, break, break up
usage: interrupt a continued activity; "She had broken with the traditional patterns"
19. break, flee, fly, take flight
usage: make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing; "The ranks broke"
20. break, collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break, founder
usage: curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; "The surf broke"
21. dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break, deaden, blunt
usage: lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
22. break, change
usage: be broken in; "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"
23. break, end, stop, finish, terminate, cease
usage: come to an end; "The heat wave finally broke yesterday"
24. break, change, alter, vary
usage: vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity; "The flat plain was broken by tall mesas"
25. break
usage: cause to give up a habit; "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"
26. break, discontinue, stop, cease, give up, quit, lay off
usage: give up; "break cigarette smoking"
27. break, come forth, emerge
usage: come forth or begin from a state of latency; "The first winter storm broke over New York"
28. break, happen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, pass, fall out, come about, take place
usage: happen or take place; "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
29. break, ruin
usage: cause the failure or ruin of; "His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright"
30. break, invalidate, annul, quash, void, avoid, nullify
usage: invalidate by judicial action; "The will was broken"
31. separate, part, split up, split, break, break up
usage: discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"
32. demote, bump, relegate, break, kick downstairs, delegate, designate, depute, assign
usage: assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sergeant"
33. bankrupt, ruin, break, smash, impoverish
usage: reduce to bankruptcy; "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"
34. break, switch, shift, change
usage: change directions suddenly
35. break, appear
usage: emerge from the surface of a body of water; "The whales broke"
36. collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break, founder, change
usage: break down, literally or metaphorically; "The wall collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke"; "The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"
37. break dance, break-dance, break, dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
usage: do a break dance; "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"
38. break, change, exchange, commute, convert
usage: exchange for smaller units of money; "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"
39. break, break up, change, alter, modify
usage: destroy the completeness of a set of related items; "The book dealer would not break the set"
40. break, shoot
usage: make the opening shot that scatters the balls
41. break, separate, disunite, divide, part
usage: separate from a clinch, in boxing; "The referee broke the boxers"
42. break, wear, wear out, bust, fall apart, decay, crumble, dilapidate
usage: go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"
43. break, break off, snap off, detach
usage: break a piece from a whole; "break a branch from a tree"
44. break
usage: become punctured or penetrated; "The skin broke"
45. break, penetrate, perforate
usage: pierce or penetrate; "The blade broke her skin"
46. break, get out, get around
usage: be released or become known; of news; "News of her death broke in the morning"
47. pause, intermit, break, interrupt, disrupt, break up, cut off
usage: cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch"
48. break, interrupt, disrupt, break up, cut off
usage: interrupt the flow of current in; "break a circuit"
49. break, diphthongize, diphthongise
usage: undergo breaking; "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"
50. break, destroy, ruin
usage: find a flaw in; "break an alibi"; "break down a proof"
51. break, solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work
usage: find the solution or key to; "break the code"
52. break, switch, shift, change
usage: change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another; "Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"
53. break, recrudesce, develop, happen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, pass, fall out, come about, take place
usage: happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
54. crack, check, break, change
usage: become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated"
55. break, change state, turn
usage: crack; of the male voice in puberty; "his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
56. break, decrease, diminish, lessen, fall
usage: fall sharply; "stock prices broke"
57. fracture, break, injure, wound
usage: fracture a bone of; "I broke my foot while playing hockey"
58. break, decrease, diminish, lessen, fall
usage: diminish or discontinue abruptly; "The patient's fever broke last night"
59. break, weaken
usage: weaken or destroy in spirit or body; "His resistance was broken"; "a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death"
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