Meanings

1.
to crumble
(If the context is an object "falling apart" then the spoken past may also be with "sein".)
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Word Family

Root: *bhreg-

The core idea of this root was:

breaking

It’s quite visible in words like break, brake and breach, but it’s also the origin of the Latin frangere (to break).

Here’s a little overview over that branch of the family. I think you can see the notion of breaking in all of them :)

  • fragile, frail
  • fragment, fragmentation
  • defray
  • fracture
  • fractal 
  • fraction
  • infringe
  • suffrage
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