from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To come to an explanation; to enter into conference; to speak.


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  • Far less time, he reasoned, would be required to break with gun-fire the lines assailing Jackson than to dispatch a column to the ridge.


  • By explaining the complexity of the inner struggle to break with colonialism, Wretched of the Earth wielded an important influence in the United States on the American civil rights movement, where it helped make the connection between oppressed American blacks trying to rise up from white rule and oppressed African Muslims trying to free themselves from Europeans.

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World

  • Now the more strenuously Republican of these, including Colonel Rainsborough and Henry Marten, were for not using the power, either because they desired to break with Charles entirely, or because they wanted to shut up him and Parliament together to the Army Proposals absolutely.

    The Life of John Milton

  • By this revolutionary assault Luther forfeited the support of many serious persons indisposed to break with the Church but on the other hand won over all the anti-ecclesiastical elements, including numerous monks and nuns who left the monasteries to break their vows, and many priests who espoused his cause with the intention of marrying.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Maracaibo, which, as we have seen, had always been a royalist city, also decided to break with Spain; on this occasion, Latorre thought that Bolivar had broken the armistice, a thing that Bolivar denied, for he had not intervened in the movement, although he was ready to support the city in its labors towards freedom.

    Simon Bolivar the Liberator

  • It is impossible now to ascertain what induced Defoe to break with the Dissenters, among whom he had been brought up, but break with them he did in his pamphlet against the practice of Occasional Conformity.

    Daniel Defoe

  • He left Kahlan a letter, in it saying that with Galea choosing to break with the D'Haran Empire, he had to return to help protect Kelton, as surely the selfish actions of the Galeans meant the Order would be more likely to come up the Kern River Valley and threaten Kelton.

    Men Don't Leave Me

  • The only explanation of Michael Cærularius's conduct is that he belonged from the beginning to the extreme wing of that party, and had always meant to break with the pope as soon as he could.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • Though in his eighty-third year he was the first British statesman to break with the past and to bless the uprising of liberty in the near East.

    Lady John Russell

  • Cash that I would have him take of me in payment at the Discots: of £15 perCt. & request you to urge this as Strongly as Is proper yet not to break with him in that Accot.

    Letter from Robert Carter to [Mann Page, May 21, 1728]


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