There are 2 main translations of break in Setswana

: break1break2

break1

phatlha

nounPlural breaks

  • 1

    phatlha
    • a broken place
    • a gap
  • 2

    phalolô
    • an escape
    • a sudden dash
  • 3

    boikhutsô
    • a short rest from work
  • 4informal

    tetla
    sebaka
    ‘Give me a break!’ A ko o inkêtlêlê!
    • a piece of luck
    • a fair chance

There are 2 main translations of break in Setswana

: break1break2

break2

rôba

verbbreaks, broke, broken, breaking

  • 1

    rôba
    thuba
    phatlola
    • divide or fall into pieces by hitting or pressing
  • 2

    senya
    • damage
    • stop working properly
  • 3

    tlola molaô
    • fail to keep a promise, law, etc.
  • 4

    êma nakwana
    ‘She broke her silence’ O ne a êmisa tidimalô ya gagwê
    • stop for a time
    • end
  • 5

    fêtoga
    ‘The weather broke’ Loapi le ne la fêtoga
    • change
  • 6

    nna kodu
    • (said about a boy's voice) become suddenly deeper at puberty
  • 7

    go wa ka bokete ga makhubu
    • (said about waves) fall in foam
  • 8

    sutlhêlêla
    tlhagêla
    ‘They broke through’ Ba ne ba tlhagêla
    • go suddenly or with force
  • 9

    tlhaba
    ‘Dawn had broken’ Mosô o tlhabile
    • appear suddenly