• Noun
  • a device for slowing or stopping something (such as a wheel or vehicle)
    1. She released the brake slowly.
    2. Take your foot off the brake.
    3. The car will need new brakes soon.
    4. He slammed/jammed on the brakes [=he applied the brakes very quickly] to avoid hitting the other car.
    5. brake shoes/fluid
    6. Take your foot off the brake pedal.
    7. I didn't notice that the car in front of me had its brake lights on.
  • something used to slow or stop movement or activity
    1. They plan to use interest rates as a brake on spending. [=as a way to slow down spending]
    2. trying to put the brakes on crime
  • Verb
  • to use the brake on a vehicle
    1. I had to brake suddenly when a cat ran in front of the car.
    2. This car has excellent braking. [=it stops quickly and easily when the brakes are used]