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

 

brake

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//breɪk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//breɪk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they brake
BrE BrE//breɪk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//breɪk//
 
he / she / it brakes
BrE BrE//breɪks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//breɪks//
 
past simple braked
BrE BrE//breɪkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//breɪkt//
 
past participle braked
BrE BrE//breɪkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//breɪkt//
 
-ing form braking
BrE BrE//ˈbreɪkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbreɪkɪŋ//
 
Driving
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to go slower or make a vehicle go slower using the brake The car braked and swerved. The truck braked to a halt. You don't need to brake at every bend. She had to brake hard to avoid running into the car in front. She braked suddenly to avoid a cat. The train braked to a shuddering halt. brake something He braked the car and pulled in to the side of the road. Wordfinderaccelerate, brake, car, commute, driving, licence, motorist, road, road tax, traffic See related entries: Driving Word Origin late 18th cent.: of unknown origin.
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