Definition of 'break up'
- to cause to separate and go in different directions; "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"
Synonyms: disperse dissipate dispel scatter
- discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"
Synonyms: separate part split up split break
- come apart; "the group broke up"
- break violently or noisily; smash;
Synonyms: crash break apart
- make a break in; "We interrupt the program for the following messages"
Synonyms: interrupt disrupt cut off
- cause to go into a solution; "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"
Synonyms: dissolve resolve
- suffer a nervous breakdown
Synonyms: crack up crack crock up collapse
- take apart into its constituent pieces
Synonyms: disassemble dismantle take apart break apart
Antonyms: assemble piece put together set up tack tack together
- destroy the completeness of a set of related items; "The book dealer would not break the set"
- set or keep apart; "sever a relationship"
- attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example; "Pick open the ice"
- release ice; "The icebergs and glaciers calve"
- close at the end of a session; "The court adjourned"
Synonyms: adjourn recess
- bring the association of to an end or cause to break up; "The decree officially dissolved the marriage"; "the judge dissolved the tobacco company"
- come to an end; "Their marriage dissolved"; "The tobacco monopoly broke up"
- break or cause to break into pieces; "The plate fragmented"
Synonyms: fragment fragmentize fragmentise
- cause to separate; "break up kidney stones"; "disperse particles"
Synonyms: disperse scatter
- separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
Synonyms: decompose break down
- laugh unrestrainedly
Synonyms: crack up