Definition of break with in English:

break with

Translate break with into Spanish

phrasal verb

  • 1break with someoneQuarrel or end relations with someone.

    ‘he had broken with his family long before’
    • ‘When they decided this, I made my decision to make a break with the National Health Service.’
    • ‘He openly broke with Lee when he defined China-Taiwan relations as ‘state-to-state’.’
    • ‘For the most part this involved a decisive break with old Labour.’
    • ‘King Henry VIII was responsible for England's ultimate breaking with the catholic church due to his desire to divorce his current wife and marry another.’
    • ‘The young actress breaks with her boyfriend after their relationship has become routine.’
    • ‘His opponents have warned they may break with the church over the decision.’
    • ‘But he quit his official post and broke with the Nationalist party to run as an independent in Taiwan's first presidential poll in 1996.’
    • ‘Centrism developed in the 1930s as a decisive obstacle preventing workers from breaking with reformism and Stalinism.’
    • ‘Long historical experience testifies to the need for a break with the Democrats.’
    • ‘The only way the couple can be together is by breaking with their families, blowing tradition out of the water and turning their backs on everything.’
    1. 1.1break with somethingAct in a way that is not in accordance with a custom or tradition.
      ‘breaking with tradition, the pope delivered off-the-cuff remarks instead of reading from a written speech’
      • ‘The Community Games broke with tradition in holding a cross country event where boys and girls competed in the same race.’
      • ‘He broke with tradition when he embarked on a theatrical career.’
      • ‘The musical broke with tradition: there was no chorus and precious little plot.’
      • ‘These breaks with artistic tradition are appropriate for a man who broke with the most sacred traditions of his time.’
      • ‘He broke with tradition when his official portrait was done in photographic form rather than a painting.’
      • ‘The Prime Minister is breaking with years of tradition by touring Britain without the Press.’
      • ‘In this election, he's breaking with tradition and voting for the left.’
      • ‘This year will break with tradition: my first Christmas away from my family.’
      • ‘In ignoring international opinion and their own international obligations, they decisively broke with the past.’
      • ‘The bank is breaking with more than 150 years of history and moving its head office to London.’