Definition of Break out

1. Verb. Start abruptly. "After 1989, peace broke out in the former East Bloc"

Exact synonyms: Erupt
Generic synonyms: Begin, Start

2. Verb. Begin suddenly and sometimes violently. "He broke out shouting"
Generic synonyms: Begin, Start

3. Verb. Move away or escape suddenly. "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"
Exact synonyms: Break, Break Away
Related verbs: Break
Generic synonyms: Break Loose, Escape, Get Away
Derivative terms: Break, Breakout

4. Verb. Take from stowage in preparation for use.
Generic synonyms: Take Out, Unpack

5. Verb. Become raw or open. "Such boils tend to recrudesce"
Exact synonyms: Erupt, Recrudesce
Generic synonyms: Ail, Pain, Trouble
Derivative terms: Eruptive

Definition of Break out

1. Verb. (intransitive) To escape, especially forcefully or defiantly. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) (idiomatic) to bring out, use, or present ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) to separate from a bundle ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To begin suddenly; to emerge in a certain condition. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To suddenly get pimples, especially on one's face. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Break Out

break new ground
break of dawn
break of day
break of serve
break of the day
break off
break on the wheel
break one's arm patting oneself on the back
break one's back
break one's duck
break one's fall
break one's fast
break one's lance
break one off
break open
break out (current term)
break point
break points
break ranks
break room
break rooms
break seal
break shock
break short
break silence
break someone's heart
break stride
break the Sabbath
break the back of
break the bank

Literary usage of Break out

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1865)
"It is shown by a Table that a tendency of spots to break out is followed by a tendency of spots to decrease after making their appearance, and it is thereby ..."

2. A German-English Dictionary for Chemists by Austin McDowell Patterson (1917)
"—vi break out, break off; occur. ausbreiten, vl & r. spread out, spread, extend; diffuse; floor (grain, etc.). ausbrennen, ri burn out; cleanse by burning; ..."

3. Thirty Years' View; Or, A History of the Working of the American Government by Thomas Hart Benton (1854)
"1800, did the wir break out? Difficulties of no small magnitude surround the gentleman. I think, whatever o rar* he takes through these statutes, ..."

4. An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language: To which is Prefixed, a by John Jamieson (1879)
"To break out, to issue with violence. Doug. Virgil, 114 29. Furth at the ilk porte the ... break out ..."

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