brake

1
[ breyk ]
/ breɪk /

noun

verb (used with object), braked, brak·ing.

verb (used without object), braked, brak·ing.

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Origin of brake

1
1400–50; late Middle English <Middle Dutch, Middle Low German; akin to break

OTHER WORDS FROM brake

brakeless, adjective

Definition for brake (2 of 4)

brake2
[ breyk ]
/ breɪk /

noun

a place overgrown with bushes, brambles, or cane.

Origin of brake

2
1400–50; late Middle English (in phrase brake of fern thicket of fern) <Middle Low German brake thicket

Definition for brake (3 of 4)

brake3
[ breyk ]
/ breɪk /

noun

any of several large or coarse ferns, especially the bracken, Pteridium aquilinum.

Origin of brake

3
1275–1325; Middle English brake, probably by back formation from brakenbracken, taken as plural

Definition for brake (4 of 4)

brake4
[ breyk ]
/ breɪk /

verb Archaic.

simple past tense of break.
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British Dictionary definitions for brake (1 of 4)

brake1
/ (breɪk) /

noun

verb

to slow down or cause to slow down, by or as if by using a brake
(tr) to crush or break up using a brake

Derived forms of brake

brakeless, adjective

Word Origin for brake

C18: from Middle Dutch braeke; related to breken to break

British Dictionary definitions for brake (2 of 4)

brake2
/ (breɪk) /

noun

an area of dense undergrowth, shrubs, brushwood, etc; thicket

Word Origin for brake

Old English bracu; related to Middle Low German brake, Old French bracon branch

British Dictionary definitions for brake (3 of 4)

brake3
/ (breɪk) /

noun

another name for bracken (def. 1) See also rock brake

British Dictionary definitions for brake (4 of 4)

brake4
/ (breɪk) /

verb

archaic, mainly biblical a past tense of break
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