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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

  2. 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
  3. 4
    [countable] a space in something such as a line of traffic

    He waited for ages for a break in the traffic.

  4. 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.


a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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