Use of break and brake


When do I use break/brake?

asked Jan 17 '11 at 15:39 Igor Karpets New member

4 answers


Break means:


To damage:  "If I hear your phone ring one more time, I am going to break it."


To separate:  "I will break off a piece of this cookie so you can taste it."


A pause or period of rest:  "I will turn off the computer and take a break."


A key on a computer keyboard: "The program jammed and I had to press ctrl-break to stop it."


To infringe or disobey:  "That is an unfair rule, and I am going to break it."



Brake means:


To stop or slow:  "The large pedal in the floor is how you brake the car."


The mechanism to stop a vehicle or machinery:  "I had to press the brake pedal to keep from hitting the cat."


To process flax, hemp, or similar materials: "It used to be hard work to brake flax."

link comment answered Mar 21 '12 at 22:49 Courtney Contributor

Ah, Ha!

Many thanks. Was 'feard I was broke.


link comment answered Jan 06 '14 at 17:54 Samuel Spade New member

ho no help i need more so much more

link comment answered Nov 21 '13 at 21:12 poppy New member

I had all my teeth extracted yesterday. How do I brake (or would that be "break"?) myself from popping things in my mouth that need chewing, only to discover I can't process them???


link answered Jan 05 '14 at 04:45 Samuel Spade New member

You don't brake or break yourself, Samuel. You break the habit of popping things in your mouth.

Patty TJan 05 '14 at 16:51

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