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noun break pronunciation in British English /breɪk/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a short period of time when you stop what you are doing so that you can eat or rest
    Doctors and nurses worked 18 hours without a break.
    break from: A short nap can provide a much needed break from daily stress.
    have/take a break: We decided to take a short break.
    a lunch/tea/coffee etc break: They usually went shopping in their lunch break.
    1. a.
      [countable] [usually singular] a rest from the work or job that you usually do
      I could do with a break (=I need one).
      break from: The art class is the only time I can get a break from the kids.
      have/take a break (from): I decided to take a break from college and do some travelling.
    2. b.
      [countable] a short holiday
      a weekend break for two in Florence
    3. c.
      [countable] [usually singular] British a period of time when most people do not go to work
      the Easter/Christmas break
    4. d.
      [uncountable] British a period of time between lessons when students and teachers can eat, rest, or play. The American word is recess
      They always play together during break.
  2. 2
    [countable] a pause between television or radio programmes, especially when advertisements are broadcast
    We’ll be back after the break.
    1. a.
      [singular] British informal a pause in a sports match
      the half-time break
  3. 3
    [countable] a time at which one thing ends completely and a new thing begins
    Blair represented a decisive break after eighteen years of Conservative government.
    break with: a break with the past
    make the break (=finally leave a job, relationship etc): a story about a woman who makes the break from an abusive relationship
    See also clean1
  4. 4
    [countable] a space in something such as a line of traffic
    He waited for ages for a break in the traffic.
  5. 5
    [countable] a place where something is broken
    There was a small break at the corner of the frame.
  6. 6
    [countable] [usually singular] an opportunity that helps you to be successful
    a lucky break
    Kiefer’s big break came with the film Stand By Me.
  7. 7
    [countable] [usually singular] a sudden lack of control in someones voice that shows they are upset

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