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Break
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We've rated Break as VERY COMMON as it is a very popular clue with cruciverbalists.

26 November 2021
Last seen in: Evening Standard Easy Crossword

We found 120 answers for the crossword clue 'Break', the most recent of which was seen in the Evening Standard Easy Crossword.

We've seen this clue in both CRYPTIC and NON-CRYPTIC crossword publications.

We have given Break a popularity rating of 'Very Common' because it has featured in a numerous crossword publications and has multiple answers.

As well as being a clue we've also seen Break as an answer itself some 226 times.

Break is a single word clue made up of 5 letters.

We most recently saw this clue in 'Evening Standard Easy Crossword' on Friday, 03 December 2021 with the answer being RECESS, but the most popular answer for this clue is SNAP.

We've seen this clue in the following publications:

Definitions and usage

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  • An escape from jail; "the breakout was carefully planned"
  • Any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare; "the break in the eighth frame cost him the match"
  • A sudden dash; "he made a break for the open door"
  • The act of breaking something; "the breakage was unavoidable"
  • An act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks"; "there was a gap in his account"
  • The opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
  • (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving; "he was up two breaks in the second set"
  • A pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"
  • An abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion); "then there was a break in her voice"
  • The occurrence of breaking; "the break in the dam threatened the valley"
  • (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; "they built it right over a geological fault"; "he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"
  • Render inoperable or ineffective; "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"
  • Happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
  • Terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty"
  • Stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"
  • Find a flaw in; "break an alibi"; "break down a proof"
  • Be released or become known; of news; "News of her death broke in the morning"
  • Surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record"
  • Emerge from the surface of a body of water; "The whales broke"
  • Scatter or part; "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"
  • Make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing; "The ranks broke"
  • Assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sergeant"
  • Interrupt a continued activity; "She had broken with the traditional patterns"
  • Cause to give up a habit; "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"
  • Vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity; "The flat plain was broken by tall mesas"
  • Come to an end; "The heat wave finally broke yesterday"
  • A time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  • Make submissive, obedient, or useful; "The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern"
  • Crack; of the male voice in puberty; "his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
  • Become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated"
  • Prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the negotiations"
  • Come into being; "light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air"
  • Find the solution or key to; "break the code"
  • Undergo breaking; "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"
  • Become punctured or penetrated; "The skin broke"
  • Make the opening shot that scatters the balls
  • Destroy the completeness of a set of related items; "The book dealer would not break the set"
  • Change directions suddenly
  • Discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"
  • Cause the failure or ruin of; "His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright"
  • 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?"
  • Happen or take place; "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
  • Give up; "break cigarette smoking"
  • Weaken or destroy in spirit or body; "His resistance was broken"; "a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death"
  • Diminish or discontinue abruptly; "The patient's fever broke last night"
  • Fracture a bone of; "I broke my foot while playing hockey"
  • Be broken in; "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"
  • Destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments; "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match"
  • Lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
  • Interrupt the flow of current in; "break a circuit"
  • Cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch"
  • Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"
  • Pierce or penetrate; "The blade broke her skin"
  • Go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"
  • Separate from a clinch, in boxing; "The referee broke the boxers"
  • Reduce to bankruptcy; "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"
  • Invalidate by judicial action; "The will was broken"
  • Act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"; "break a promise"
  • Come forth or begin from a state of latency; "The first winter storm broke over New York"
  • Fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns; "This sentence violates the rules of syntax"
  • A personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"
  • An unexpected piece of good luck; "he finally got his big break"
  • Some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity; "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"
  • Breaking of hard tissue such as bone; "it was a nasty fracture"; "the break seems to have been caused by a fall"
  • Fall sharply; "stock prices broke"
  • Become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
  • Change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another; "Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"
  • Break a piece from a whole; "break a branch from a tree"
  • Ruin completely; "He busted my radio!"
  • Exchange for smaller units of money; "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"
  • Force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger"
  • Do a break dance; "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"
  • Curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; "The surf broke"
  • Break down, literally or metaphorically; "The wall collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke"; "The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"
  • Move away or escape suddenly; "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"

Anagrams

We found 2 anagrams for the word 'Break'.

  • baker Someone who bakes commercially
  • brake Anything that slows or hinders a process; "she wan not ready to put the brakes on her life with a marriage"; "new legislation will put the brakes on spending"

Crossword Answers

2 Letters

GO
A board game for two players who place counters on a grid; the object is to surround and so capture the opponent's counters

3 Letters

DIE
A cutting tool that is fitted into a diestock and used for cutting male (external) screw threads on screws or bolts or pipes or rods

GAP
An act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks"; "there was a gap in his account"

NAP
Sleeping for a short period of time (usually not in bed)

4 Letters

BUMP
Knock against with force or violence; "My car bumped into the tree"

BUST
Search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on; "The police raided the crack house"

DAMP
Deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

FAIL
Stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"

GIVE
Cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense; "She gave him a black eye"; "The draft gave me a cold"

LULL
Make calm or still; "quiet the dragons of worry and fear"

PART
The actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group; "the function of a teacher"; "the government must do its part"; "play its role"

REST
Freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility); "took his repose by the swimming pool"

RIFT
A narrow fissure in rock

RUIN
Destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined

SNAP
(American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back; "the quarterback fumbled the snap"

STOP
A brief stay in the course of a journey; "they made a stopover to visit their friends"

TAME
Very docile; "tame obedience"; "meek as a mouse"- Langston Hughes

WEAR
Go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"

5 Letters

BAKER
Someone who bakes commercially

BURST
The act of exploding or bursting; "the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children"; "the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft"

CHECK
The act of inspecting or verifying; "they made a check of their equipment"; "the pilot ran through the check-out procedure"

CRACK
The act of cracking something

ERUPT
Erupt or intensify suddenly; "Unrest erupted in the country"; "Tempers flared at the meeting"; "The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism"

FAULT
Put or pin the blame on

GOBAD
Stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"

HEART
An inclination or tendency of a certain kind; "he had a change of heart"

LETON
Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"

PAUSE
Temporary inactivity

SHIFT
The act of changing one thing or position for another; "his switch on abortion cost him the election"

SMASH
Humiliate or depress completely; "She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation"; "The death of her son smashed her"

SPLIT
The act of rending or ripping or splitting something; "he gave the envelope a vigorous rip"

6 Letters

BETTER
The superior one of two alternatives; "chose the better of the two"

BREACH
A failure to perform some promised act or obligation

CAVEIN
The sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it

DAMAGE
Any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right

DAMPEN
Check; keep in check (a fire)

DEMOTE
Assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sergeant"

DIVIDE
A ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems

ESCAPE
The act of escaping physically; "he made his escape from the mental hospital"; "the canary escaped from its cage"; "his flight was an indication of his guilt"

EXPOSE
The exposure of an impostor or a fraud; "he published an expose of the graft and corruption in city government"

FALLIN
Break down, literally or metaphorically; "The wall collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke"; "The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"

GETOUT
Move out or away; "The troops pulled out after the cease-fire"

HIATUS
A natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure

LETOUT
Bring out of a specific state

OFFEND
Cause to feel resentment or indignation; "Her tactless remark offended me"

RECESS
A pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"

REVEAL
Disclose directly or through prophets; "God rarely reveal his plans for Mankind"

SOFTEN
Make soft or softer; "This liquid will soften your laundry"

UNWRAP
Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"

WEAKEN
Reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of; "de-escalate a crisis"

7 Letters

BREAKIN
Intrude on uninvited; "The nosy couple broke in on our conversation"

BREAKUP
The termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations)

CAESURA
A pause or interruption (as in a conversation); "after an ominous caesura the preacher continued"

CONKOUT
Stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"

DEVELOP
Change the use of and make available or usable; "develop land"; "The country developed its natural resources"; "The remote areas of the country were gradually built up"

DISRUPT
Make a break in; "We interrupt the program for the following messages"

DIVULGE
Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"

FOUNDER
A worker who makes metal castings

GIVEOUT
Stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"

GIVEWAY
Stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"

HOLIDAY
A day on which work is suspended by law or custom; "no mail is delivered on federal holidays"; "it's a good thing that New Year's was a holiday because everyone had a hangover"

INFRACT
Act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"; "break a promise"

RESPITE
A pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"

RUPTURE
The act of making a sudden noisy break

SHATTER
Cause to break into many pieces; "shatter the plate"

SNAPOFF
Break a piece from a whole; "break a branch from a tree"

SPLITUP
An increase in the number of outstanding shares of a corporation without changing the shareholders' equity; "they announced a two-for-one split of the common stock"

TAKETEN
Take a ten minute break; "The players took ten during the long rehearsal"

TIMEOUT
A pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"

VIOLATE
Destroy and strip of its possession; "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"

WEAROUT
Exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress; "We wore ourselves out on this hike"

8 Letters

BANKRUPT
Someone who has insufficient assets to cover their debts

BREAKAGE
The act of breaking something; "the breakage was unavoidable"

BREAKING
The act of breaking something; "the breakage was unavoidable"

BREAKOFF
Break off (a piece from a whole); "Her tooth chipped"

BREAKOUT
An escape from jail; "the breakout was carefully planned"

BREATHER
Air passage provided by a retractable device containing intake and exhaust pipes; permits a submarine to stay submerged for extended periods of time

BRINGOUT
Make visible; "Summer brings out bright clothes"; "He brings out the best in her"

COLLAPSE
The act of throwing yourself down; "he landed on the bed with a great flop"

DISCLOSE
Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"

DISCOVER
Identify as in botany or biology, for example

ENTRACTE

FAULTING
(geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; "they built it right over a geological fault"; "he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"

FRACTURE
The act of cracking something

GIVEAWAY
Give away information about somebody; "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"

GOODLUCK
An auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes

INTERMIT
Cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch"

INTERVAL
The distance between things; "fragile items require separation and cushioning"

RELEGATE
Assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sergeant"

SEPARATE
A garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments

TAKEFIVE
Take a break for five minutes; "The musicians took five during the rehearsal"

9 Letters

BREAKAWAY
The act of breaking away or withdrawing from; "there was a breakaway by the discontented members"; "a breaking away from family and neighborhood"

BREAKDOWN
The act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue; "the social dislocations resulting from government policies"; "his warning came after the breakdown of talks in London"

COMEAPART
Become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"

FALLAPART
Lose one's emotional or mental composure; "She fell apart when her only child died"

GAOLBREAK
An escape from jail; "the breakout was carefully planned"

GETAROUND
Be released or become known; of news; "News of her death broke in the morning"

GOAGAINST
Resist; "buck the trend"

INTERLUDE Chris Roberson
A brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance

INTERRUPT
A signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out

JAILBREAK
An escape from jail; "the breakout was carefully planned"

OPENFRAME
Any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare; "the break in the eighth frame cost him the match"

SEVERANCE
The act of severing

10 Letters

BREAKDANCE
A form of solo dancing that involves rapid acrobatic moves in which different parts of the body touch the ground; normally performed to the rhythm of rap music

DISRUPTION
An act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks"; "there was a gap in his account"

FALLINGOUT
A personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"

RECRUDESCE
Happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"

RESTPERIOD
A pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"

SUSPENSION
The act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely); "there was a small ceremony for the hanging of the portrait"

TRANSGRESS
Commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law

11 Letters

DISCONTINUE
Put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your little brother"

DOMESTICATE
Make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans; "The horse was domesticated a long time ago"; "The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog"

HAPPYCHANCE
An unexpected piece of good luck; "he finally got his big break"

PRISONBREAK
An escape from jail; "the breakout was carefully planned"

12 Letters

BREAKOFSERVE
(tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving; "he was up two breaks in the second set"

INTERMISSION
The act of suspending activity temporarily

INTERRUPTION
An act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks"; "there was a gap in his account"

14 Letters

KICKDOWNSTAIRS
Assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sergeant"

PRISONBREAKING

15 Letters

GEOLOGICALFAULT
(geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; "they built it right over a geological fault"; "he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"

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