separate or cause to separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain.
the rope broke with a loud snap
interrupt (a continuity, sequence, or course).
the new government broke the pattern of growth
fail to observe (a law, regulation, or agreement).
the district attorney says she will prosecute retailers who break the law
crush the emotional strength, spirit, or resistance of.
the idea was to better the prisoners, not to break them
undergo a change or enter a new state, in particular.