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English noun: breach

1. breach (act) a failure to perform some promised act or obligation

Broader (hypernym)failure

Narrower (hyponym)breach of contract, breach of duty

2. breach (object) an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification)

Broader (hypernym)gap, opening

3. breach (event) a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)

SamplesThey hoped to avoid a break in relations.

Synonymsbreak, falling out, rift, rupture, severance

Broader (hypernym)breakup, detachment, separation

Narrower (hyponym)schism

English verb: breach

1. breach (social) act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises

SamplesOffend all laws of humanity.
Violate the basic laws or human civilization.
Break a law.
Break a promise.

Synonymsbreak, go against, infract, offend, transgress, violate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disrespect

Narrower (hyponym)blunder, boob, conflict, contravene, drop the ball, goof, infringe, intrude, run afoul, sin, sin, transgress, trespass, trespass, trespass

Antonymskeep, observe

2. breach (contact) make an opening or gap in


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)open, open up

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