Meaning of BREACH in English


I. breach 1 /briːtʃ/ BrE AmE noun

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: bryce ]

1 . [uncountable and countable] 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 something

He was clearly in breach of the law.

2 . [countable] 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 airbase.

5 . breach of the peace British English the crime of making too much noise or fighting in a public place:

He was arrested and charged with breach of the peace.

6 . [countable] a hole made in a wall that is intended to protect a place

breach in

a breach in the castle wall

7 . step into the breach to help by doing someone else’s job or work when they are unable to do it SYN step in :

Thanks for stepping into the breach last week.

II. breach 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . to break a law, rule, or agreement SYN break :

The company accused him of breaching his contract.

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.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.