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BREACH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does breach mean? 

BREACH (noun)
  The noun BREACH has 3 senses:

1. a failure to perform some promised act or obligation
2. an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification)
3. a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)

  Familiarity information: BREACH used as a noun is uncommon.


BREACH (verb)
  The verb BREACH has 2 senses:

1. act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
2. make an opening or gap in

  Familiarity information: BREACH used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BREACH (noun)


Sense 1breach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A failure to perform some promised act or obligation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("breach" is a kind of...):

failure (an unexpected omission)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "breach"):

breach of contract (a breach of a legal duty; failure to do something that is required in a contract)

breach of duty (a breach of due care)


Sense 2breach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Hypernyms ("breach" is a kind of...):

gap; opening (an open or empty space in or between things)


Sense 3breach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

falling out; severance; rupture; breach; rift; break

Context example:

they hoped to avoid a break in relations

Hypernyms ("breach" is a kind of...):

breakup; detachment; separation (coming apart)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "breach"):

schism (the formal separation of a church into two churches or the withdrawal of one group over doctrinal differences)


BREACH (verb)


Sense 1breach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

breach; infract; transgress; go against; offend; violate; break

Context examples:

offend all laws of humanity / violate the basic laws or human civilization / break a law / break a promise

Hypernyms (to "breach" is one way to...):

disrespect (show a lack of respect for)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "breach"):

sin; transgress; trespass (commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law)

blunder; boob; goof; sin (commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake)

conflict; contravene; infringe; run afoul (go against, as of rules and laws)

trespass (break the law)

intrude; trespass (enter unlawfully on someone's property)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2breach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make an opening or gap in

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

gap; breach

Hypernyms (to "breach" is one way to...):

open; open up (cause to open or to become open)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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