- breach1 W3 [bri:tʃ] n[: Old English; Origin: bryce]1.) [U and C]an action that breaks a law, rule, or agreementbreach of▪ This was a clear breach of the 1994 Trade Agreement.▪ They sued the company for breach of contract .▪ a breach of professional dutybe in breach of sth▪ He was clearly in breach of the law.2.)a serious disagreement between people, groups, or countriesbreach with▪ Britain did not want to risk a breach with the US over sanctions.breach between▪ What had caused the sudden breach between Henry and his son?▪ She wanted to help heal the breach between them.3.) breach of confidence/trustan action in which someone does something that people have trusted them not to do▪ We regard the publication of this information as a serious breach of trust.4.) breach of securityan action in which someone manages to learn secret information or manages to get into a place that is guarded▪ There had been a major breach of security at the air base.5.) breach of the peaceBrE the crime of making too much noise or fighting in a public place▪ He was arrested and charged with breach of the peace.6.)a hole made in a wall that is intended to protect a placebreach in▪ a breach in the castle wall▪ a breach in the flood defence barrier7.) step into the breachto help by doing someone else's job or work when they are unable to do it= ↑step in▪ Thanks for stepping into the breach last week.breach 2breach2 v [T]1.) to break a law, rule, or agreement= ↑break▪ The company accused him of breaching his contract.▪ Traders who breach the rules could face a fine of up to £10,000.2.) to break a hole in a wall that is intended to protect a place▪ The storm had breached the sea wall in two places.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.