Meaning of BRAKE in English


/ breɪk; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


a device for slowing or stopping a vehicle :

to put / slam on the brakes

the brake pedal

—picture at bicycle , car

—see also air brake , disc brake , footbrake , handbrake


brake (on sth) a thing that stops sth or makes it difficult :

High interest rates are a brake on the economy.


see jam verb

■ verb

to go slower or make a vehicle go slower using the brake :

[ v ]

The car braked and swerved.

The truck braked to a halt .

You don't need to brake at every bend.

She had to brake hard to avoid running into the car in front.

[ vn ]

He braked the car and pulled in to the side of the road.



late 18th cent.: of unknown origin.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.