What does ‘break’ mean?

The word ‘break’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to separate (by accident or due to age) or interrupt.

For example:

  • My sister broke my toy car. (separate)
  • My lie-in was broken by a noisy cat. (interrupt)

Break is an irregular verb. The past tense is broke and the past participle is broken.

phrasal verbs with break

Phrasal verbs with ‘break’ include:

  • Break down (stop functioning)
  • Break in/into (force entry)
  • Break out in (develop a skin condition)
  • Break out (escape)
  • Break something down (divide)
  • Break up (separate)
phrasal verbs with break

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘break’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with break - break away
phrasal verbs with break - break down
phrasal verbs with break - break in/into
phrasal verbs with break - break out in
phrasal verbs with break - break out
phrasal verbs with break - break something down
phrasal verbs with break - break - break up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with break below.