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brake

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[ breyk ]
/ breɪk /
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Definition of brake

noun
verb (used with object), braked, brak·ing.
verb (used without object), braked, brak·ing.
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Origin of brake

1
First recorded in 1400–50; of uncertain origin; possibly a special use of obsolete brake “a bridle, curb,” from Middle Dutch braeke “(flax) brake” (a tool that separates flax fibers from their woody stems); akin to break

OTHER WORDS FROM brake

brakeless, adjective

Other definitions for brake (2 of 4)

brake2
[ breyk ]
/ breɪk /

noun
a place overgrown with bushes, brambles, or cane.

Origin of brake

2
First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English fernebrake “fern thicket, fernbrake,” Old English (fearn)bracu “bed of fern, (fern)brake,” akin to Middle Low German brake “branch, twig, tree stump”

Other definitions 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
First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English brake, probably by back formation from braken “thicket of fern,” taken as plural; see bracken

Other definitions 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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