What is the meaning of break up?


  • To cause to separate and go in different directions.
    • usage: "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"
  • Discontinue an association or relation; go different ways.
    • usage: "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"
  • Come apart.
    • usage: "the group broke up"
  • Break violently or noisily; smash;.
  • Make a break in.
    • usage: "We interrupt the program for the following messages"
  • Cause to go into a solution.
    • usage: "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"
  • Suffer a nervous breakdown.
  • Take apart into its constituent pieces.
  • Destroy the completeness of a set of related items.
    • usage: "The book dealer would not break the set"
  • Set or keep apart.
    • usage: "sever a relationship"
  • Attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example.
    • usage: "Pick open the ice"
  • Release ice.
    • usage: "The icebergs and glaciers calve"
  • Close at the end of a session.
    • usage: "The court adjourned"
  • Bring the association of to an end or cause to break up.
    • usage: "The decree officially dissolved the marriage"; "the judge dissolved the tobacco company"
  • Come to an end.
    • usage: "Their marriage dissolved"; "The tobacco monopoly broke up"
  • Break or cause to break into pieces.
    • usage: "The plate fragmented"
  • Cause to separate.
    • usage: "break up kidney stones"; "disperse particles"
  • Separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts.
  • Laugh unrestrainedly.
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