Definition of breach verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    breach

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    verb
    BrE BrE//briːtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//briːtʃ//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they breach
    BrE BrE//briːtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//briːtʃ//
     
    he / she / it breaches
    BrE BrE//ˈbriːtʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbriːtʃɪz//
     
    past simple breached
    BrE BrE//briːtʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//briːtʃt//
     
    past participle breached
    BrE BrE//briːtʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//briːtʃt//
     
    -ing form breaching
    BrE BrE//ˈbriːtʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbriːtʃɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1breach something to not keep to an agreement or not keep a promise synonym break The government is accused of breaching the terms of the treaty. A doctor was sacked for allegedly breaching patient confidentiality. The proposed changes breached trade union rules.
  2. 2breach something to make a hole in a wall, fence, etc. so that somebody/something can go through it The dam had been breached. Demonstrators breached police lines around the embassy.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French breche, ultimately of Germanic origin; related to break.
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