Definition of BROKE

verb : BROKE

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty" ;

  • 3. (

    ) render inoperable or ineffective; "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!" ;

  • 5. (

    ) destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments; "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match" ;

  • 8. (

    ) scatter or part; "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour" ;

  • 9. (

    ) force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger" ;

  • 11. (

    ) 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. (

    ) make submissive, obedient, or useful; "The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern" ;

  • 13. (

    ) fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns; "This sentence violates the rules of syntax" ;

  • 14. (

    ) surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record" ;

  • 16. (

    ) come into being; "light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air" ;

  • 18. (

    ) interrupt a continued activity; "She had broken with the traditional patterns" ;

  • 19. (

    ) make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing; "The ranks broke" ;

  • 20. (

    ) curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; "The surf broke" ;

  • 22. (

    ) be broken in; "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress" ;

  • 23. (

    ) come to an end; "The heat wave finally broke yesterday" ;