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To break

break

verb

to make something separate into two or more pieces, for example by hitting or dropping it

fall apart

to break because of being old or badly made

shatter

verb

to break something suddenly into a lot of small pieces

crumble

verb

to break something into very small pieces, or to be broken into very small pieces

disintegrate

verb

to be completely destroyed by breaking into lots of very small pieces, for example as the result of an explosion

fragment

verb

if something fragments or is fragmented, it breaks into a lot of separate pieces or parts

splinter

verb

to break into small sharp pieces, or to make something do this

break up

to break something to make smaller pieces

smash

verb

to break something noisily into many pieces by dropping or hitting it with a lot of force

shatter

verb

to break suddenly into a lot of small pieces

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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