how to pronounce brake


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brake is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of brake in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… the brake is open what's up guys we're …”

meanings of brake


  1. A tool used for breaking flax or hemp.
  2. A cage.
  3. An apparatus for testing the power of a steam engine or other motor by weighing the amount of friction that the motor will overcome; a friction brake.
  4. A type of torture instrument.
  5. A frame for confining a refractory horse while the smith is shoeing him.
  6. The handle of a pump.
  7. A fern; bracken.
  8. Something used to retard or stop some action, process etc.
  9. A device used to slow or stop the motion of a wheel, or of a vehicle, usually by friction (although other resistive forces, such as electromagnetic fields or aerodynamic drag, can also be used); also, the controls or apparatus used to engage such a mechanism such as the pedal in a car.
  10. A device used to confine or prevent the motion of an animal.
  11. A thicket, or an area overgrown with briers etc.
  12. A large, heavy harrow for breaking clods after ploughing; a drag.
  13. That part of a carriage, as of a movable battery, or engine, which enables it to turn.
  14. The act of braking, of using a brake to slow down a machine or vehicle.
  15. A cart or carriage without a body, used in breaking in horses.^W.
  16. A baker's kneading trough.
  17. An enclosure to restrain cattle, horses, etc.
  18. A carriage for transporting shooting parties and their equipment.^W.
  19. The winch of a crossbow.
  20. An ancient engine of war analogous to the crossbow and ballista.
  21. A type of machine for bending sheet metal. (See wikipedia.).


  1. To be stopped or slowed (as if) by braking.
  2. Simple past tense of break.
  3. To bruise and crush; to knead.
  4. To operate (a) brake(s).
  5. To pulverise with a harrow.


  1. A surname​.

brake frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word brake occurs in english on average 3.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics brake can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that brake can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) transport and travel;

words with pronunciation similar to brake


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