breach1 W3 [bri:tʃ] n
[: Old English; Origin: bryce]
1.) [U and C]
an action that breaks a law, rule, or agreement
breach of
This was a clear breach of the 1994 Trade Agreement.
They sued the company for breach of contract .
a breach of professional duty
be in breach of sth
He was clearly in breach of the law.
a serious disagreement between people, groups, or countries
breach 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/trust
an 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 security
an 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 peace
BrE the crime of making too much noise or fighting in a public place
He was arrested and charged with breach of the peace.
a hole made in a wall that is intended to protect a place
breach in
a breach in the castle wall
a breach in the flood defence barrier
7.) step into the breach
to 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 2
breach2 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.

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