1 [intransitive, transitive] to be damaged and separated into two or more parts , as a result of force; to damage something in this way All the windows broke with the force of the blast. The bag broke under the weight of the bottles inside it. break in/into something She dropped the plate and it broke into pieces. break something to break a cup/window She fell off a ladder and broke her arm. break something in/into something He broke the chocolate in two.2 [transitive] break something to cut the surface of the skin and make it bleed The dog bit me but didn't break the skin.