Difference between Break and Brake

The English language is filled with a difficult and puzzling type of words. One of the types of words is homophones that are pronounced the same way but mean and spell differently. The homonyms break and brake are so similar in their pronunciation that sometimes it is really hard to identify which one is used in a sentence. Further, when it comes to their spelling, it resembles a great extent. Break means to tear something into pieces either by a hit or drop. On the contrary, the brake is nothing but a device that is used for slowing down the speed or stopping the vehicle.

The break can be a verb and a noun. As a verb, it means to shatter, to crack, to make unusable. As a noun, it means an action or action of breaking. The brake can also be used as a verb and a noun. As a verb, it means to use the brakes on a vehicle. As a noun, it refers to the mechanical device used to stop cars while moving.


  • Break means to cause something to separate into pieces, either by violently hitting it or dropping it.
  • It is used as a verb which means to separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain. E.g., The rope broke with a loud snap.
  • The word ‘break’ can be used as a verb which means to cause physical harm to something unexpected in a vigorous manner, through which it stops working or it is completely damaged.
  • It can be either a noun or a verb. It has many meanings, but the main meaning is to smash something into pieces or to stop something from functioning.
  • Break implies to the fracture or damage caused to any object, by hitting, falling or slipping, in such a way that it is cracked or separated into several pieces. It may also mean to pause sometimes.
  • It may also be used as a noun to mean an interruption or interval in the continuity, i.e. to take a pause. Further, it has several meanings, which depend on the context of the sentences. It can be both transitive and intransitive verb, as it sometimes takes an object, but sometimes, it does not.


  • Brake refers to a device used to reduce the speed of a moving vehicle or to stop it by pressing it.
  • It is used as a noun which means an interruption of continuity or uniformity. E.g., The magazine has been published without a break since 1950.
  • The word ‘brake’ as a noun refers to a mechanical device that is commonly used to slow down the speed or to stop the moving vehicle, axle, wheels, or to end the motion which is possible due to friction.
  • It can act as either a noun or a verb. As a verb, its main meaning is to bring a vehicle to a stop. As a noun, it means the device that stops a vehicle.
  • The word ‘brake’ is used in connection with the vehicles, i.e. brake is a device that helps in slowing the speed of the vehicle or to stop it when pressed.
  • As a verb, it means to slow down or stop the moving vehicle with the help of its brakes.