1 short rest/holiday
ADJ. short | coffee, lunch, tea | Christmas, Easter Are you going away for the Easter break?
VERB + BREAK have, take We'll take a break now and resume in half an hour. | need
BREAK + NOUN time
PREP. at ~ I'll see you at break. | during (a/the) ~ I had a word with John during the break. | without a ~ We worked all day without a break. | ~ for a break for lunch | ~ from a break from looking after the children
2 change/interruption in sth
ADJ. clean, complete | career | commercial
VERB + BREAK make His new work makes a break with the past. I wanted to leave but was nervous about making the break.
PREP. ~ from a break from tradition | ~ in a break in the weather | ~ with
ADJ. big, lucky
VERB + BREAK get I always knew I would get my lucky break one day. | give sb He's the director who gave her her first big break.
ADV. easily | in half, in two She broke the chocolate bar in two and gave a piece to me. | up She broke the chocolate up into small pieces.
PREP. into The glass broke into hundreds of pieces. PHRASAL VERBS break down
ADV. completely, irretrievably They were divorced on the grounds that their marriage had broken down irretrievably.
2 start crying
PHRASES break down and cry/weep, break down in tears She broke down in tears as she spoke to reporters. break off
ADV. abruptly He broke off abruptly when Jo walked in.
PREP. from She broke off from the conversation to answer the telephone.