1 to sever or detach or be severed or detached
it broke off in my hands, he broke a piece off the bar of chocolate
2 adv to end (a relationship, association, etc.) or (of a relationship, etc.) to be ended
3 intr, adv to stop abruptly; halt
he broke off in the middle of his speech
4 the act or an instance of breaking off or stopping
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