Definitions

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  • v. To break in pieces, break up, destroy.
  • v. To break through, interrupt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To break in pieces; destroy.
  • To break through; interrupt.

Etymologies

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From Middle English forbreken, from Old English forbrecan ("to break up, break in pieces, violate, destroy"), from Proto-Germanic *furbrekanan (“to break up”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhraǵ-, *bhreǵ- (“to break”), equivalent to for- (“fully, up”) +‎ break. Cognate with Dutch verbreken ("to sever, disrupt"), German verbrechen ("to commit, perpetrate").

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