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Definition of "breach" []

  • An opening, a tear, or a rupture. (noun)
  • A gap or rift, especially in or as if in a solid structure such as a dike or fortification. (noun)
  • A violation or infraction, as of a law, a legal obligation, or a promise. (noun)
  • A breaking up or disruption of friendly relations; an estrangement. (noun)
  • A leap of a whale from the water. (noun)
  • A crack, break, or rupture (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A breaking, infringement, or violation of a promise, obligation, etc (noun)
  • Any severance or separation (noun)
  • A gap in an enemy's fortifications or line of defence created by bombardment or attack (noun)
  • The act of a whale in breaking clear of the water (noun)
  • The breaking of sea waves on a shore or rock (noun)
  • To break through or make an opening, hole, or incursion in (verb)
  • To break a promise, law, etc (verb)
  • (of a whale) to break clear of the water (verb)

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Use "breach" in a sentence
  • "It suggests a much more active decision to end the treaty and is much closer to the term breach than the term withdraw."
  • "A heroic U.S. district judge, Jed Rakoff, refused to rubber-stamp the deal, which he called a breach of 'justice and morality' that 'suggests a rather cynical relationship between the parties.'"
  • "CAIRO — Egypt said Saturday it will withdraw its ambassador from Israel to protest the deaths of Egyptian security forces in what it called a breach of the 1979 peace treaty between the two countries, sharply escalating tensions after a cross-border ambush that killed eight Israelis."