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    The break statement terminates the current loop, switch, or label statement and transfers program control to the statement following the terminated statement.


    break [label];
    Optional. Identifier associated with the label of the statement. If the statement is not a loop or switch, this is required.


    The break statement includes an optional label that allows the program to break out of a labeled statement. The break statement needs to be nested within the referenced label. The labeled statement can be any block statement; it does not have to be preceded by a loop statement.


    The following function has a break statement that terminates the while loop when i is 3, and then returns the value 3 * x.

    function testBreak(x) {
      var i = 0;
      while (i < 6) {
        if (i == 3) {
        i += 1;
      return i * x;

    The following code uses break statements with labeled blocks. A break statement must be nested within any label it references. Notice that inner_block is nested within outer_block.

    outer_block: {
      inner_block: {
        break outer_block; // breaks out of both inner_block and outer_block
        console.log(':-('); // skipped
      console.log('2'); // skipped

    The following code also uses break statements with labeled blocks but generates a Syntax Error because its break statement is within block_1 but references block_2. A break statement must always be nested within any label it references.

    block_1: {
      break block_2; // SyntaxError: label not found
    block_2: {


    Specification Status Comment
    ECMAScript 1st Edition Standard Initial definition. Unlabeled version.
    ECMAScript 3rd Edition Standard Labeled version added.
    ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
    The definition of 'Break statement' in that specification.
    ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
    The definition of 'Break statement' in that specification.

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