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English verb: break off

1. break off (change) interrupt before its natural or planned end


SamplesWe had to cut short our vacation.


Synonymsbreak short, cut short


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)break, interrupt


Narrower (hyponym)hang up

2. break off (change) prevent completion


SamplesStop the project.
Break off the negotiations.


Synonymsbreak, discontinue, stop


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)end, terminate


Narrower (hyponym)bog, bog down, break up, cut off, disrupt, fracture, interrupt

3. break off (contact) break off (a piece from a whole)


SamplesHer tooth chipped.


Synonymsbreak away, chip, chip off, come off


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)divide, part, separate


Narrower (hyponym)exfoliate, flake, flake off, peel, peel off

4. break off (contact) break a piece from a whole


SamplesBreak a branch from a tree.


Synonymsbreak, snap off


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)detach

5. break off (contact) break a small piece off from


SamplesChip the glass.
Chip a tooth.


Synonymschip, cut off, knap


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cut









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