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Definition of 'break up'


  1. to cause to separate and go in different directions; "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"
       Synonyms: disperse dissipate dispel scatter
  2. 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
  3. come apart; "the group broke up"
  4. break violently or noisily; smash;
       Synonyms: crash break apart
  5. make a break in; "We interrupt the program for the following messages"
       Synonyms: interrupt disrupt cut off
  6. 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
  7. suffer a nervous breakdown
       Synonyms: crack up crack crock up collapse
  8. take apart into its constituent pieces
       Synonyms: disassemble dismantle take apart break apart
       Antonyms: assemble piece put together set up tack tack together
  9. destroy the completeness of a set of related items; "The book dealer would not break the set"
       Synonyms: break
  10. set or keep apart; "sever a relationship"
       Synonyms: sever
  11. attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example; "Pick open the ice"
       Synonyms: pick
  12. release ice; "The icebergs and glaciers calve"
       Synonyms: calve
  13. close at the end of a session; "The court adjourned"
       Synonyms: adjourn recess
  14. bring the association of to an end or cause to break up; "The decree officially dissolved the marriage"; "the judge dissolved the tobacco company"
       Synonyms: dissolve
  15. come to an end; "Their marriage dissolved"; "The tobacco monopoly broke up"
       Synonyms: dissolve
  16. break or cause to break into pieces; "The plate fragmented"
       Synonyms: fragment fragmentize fragmentise
  17. cause to separate; "break up kidney stones"; "disperse particles"
       Synonyms: disperse scatter
  18. separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
       Synonyms: decompose break down
  19. laugh unrestrainedly
       Synonyms: crack up

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