I regularly see break and brake used incorrectly. They are homophones and it’s very easy to type the right letters in the wrong order.
Break has lots of meanings but I am going to list the core ones (I have also omitted brake’s rarer ones). If you would like a more extensive breakdown, you should visit Oxford Dictionaries online.
- to make a moving vehicle slow down by using a brake
- a device for stopping or slowing a vehicle
- a thing that slows, hinders or stops progress, activity or momentum
- to separate or become separated into pieces
- to damage or become damaged so as not to work
- to cut through or penetrate
- to interrupt
- to fail to observe or to infringe
- to crush emotional strength or resistance
- to go through change or enter a new state
- to suddenly become public
- an interruption of continuity or uniformity
- a pause in work or activity
- a gap or opening
- an opportunity or chance
Unfortunately, I don’t have a simple tip to help anyone who may struggle with using break and brake. If you have a suggestion, please share it in the comments!
Thank you to James J Harris for suggesting this post.