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break

How to sign: 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";

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Similiar / Same: collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, founder

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Within this category: implode, buckle, flop, break, slump

break

How to sign: 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";

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Similiar / Same: fail, break down, die, go bad, give way, give out, conk out, go

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Within this category: crash, blow out, misfire, malfunction

break

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

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Similiar / Same: respite, recess, time out

Categories: pause

Within this category: spring break

break

How to sign: reduce to bankruptcy
"My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him";

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Similiar / Same: bankrupt, ruin, smash

Categories: impoverish

break

How to sign: become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
"The glass cracked when it was heated";

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Similiar / Same: crack, check

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Within this category: crack

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