• break smth down (into) ‘to divide something into parts in order to analyze it or make it easier to do’
  • break into (a place) – ‘to get into a place illegally by force’

He had his car broken into last week.

  • break smth off– 1. ‘to break a piece from something using force’, 2. ‘​to end something suddenly’ (e.g. relationships)
  • break through smth- ‘​to make a way through something using force’, e.g. a barrier
  • break out of (a place) – ‘to escape from somewhere’


  • break away – ‘to leave something’ (e.g. a political party)
  • break down – 1. ‘to stop working’ (referring to a machine or vehicle), 2. ‘to become very upset’ (referring to a person)
  • break in – 1. ‘interrupt a conversation’ (+ break in on smb’s conversation/chat). 2. ‘to get into a place illegally by force’
  • break off – ‘to suddenly stop speaking or doing something’
  • break out – ‘to begin’ (about something dangerous or unpleasant, e.g. a war, epidemic, a fight, a fire)
  • break through – ‘to make new and important discoveries’
  • break up – 1. when a person who is talking on a mobile phone breaks up, you can no longer hear them clearly because the signal has been interrupted

Can you repeat it? You’re breaking up.

2. ‘to finish a romantic relationship with someone’ (+ with smb)