DSTto win a game in tennis when your opponent is starting the game by hitting the ball first:
Hewitt broke serve twice in the second set.
WORD FOCUS: break WORD FOCUS: break smashwith a lot of force shatterinto many pieces split into two pieces snapinto two pieces, with a sudden loud noise tearpaper/cloth burstpipe/tyre/balloon crumblebreak into a lot of small pieces disintegratebreak into a lot of small pieces and be destroyed fractureif a bone fractures or you fracture it, it breaks slightly so that a small line appears on the surface
1to leave a group or political party and form another group, usually because of a disagreement:
More than 30 Labour MPs broke away to form a new left-wing party.