a piece of equipment that makes a vehicle go more slowly or stop:
Test your brakes after driving through water.
Moira slammed on the brakes (=use them suddenly and with a lot of force).
I managed to put on the brakes just in time.
a car equipped with anti-lock brakes
the screech of brakes (=the loud unpleasant noise they can make)
apply the brakes formal:
Williams tried to apply the brakes but couldn't stop the vehicle in time.
to make something develop more slowly, be more difficult to do, or happen less:
Rises in interest rates act as a brake on expenditure.
to stop something that is happening