how to pronounce breakthrough


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breakthrough is pronounced in two syllables

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

“… gates and the breakthrough coalition …”

meanings of breakthrough


  1. The penetration of a separating wall or the remaining distance to an adjacent hollow (a crosscut in mining) or between two parts of a tunnel build from both ends; knockthrough.
  2. Any major progress; such as a great innovation or discovery that overcomes a significant obstacle.
  3. The penetration of the opposition defence.
  4. An advance through and past enemy lines.


  1. Characterized by major progress or overcoming some obstacle.

breakthrough frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word breakthrough occurs in english on average 4.1 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 breakthrough 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 breakthrough can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) transport and travel;

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