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break up definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: to cause to separate and go in different directions; "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds" [syn: disperse, dissipate, dispel, break up, 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" [syn: separate, part, split up, split, break, break up]
3: come apart; "the group broke up"
4: break violently or noisily; smash; [syn: crash, break up, break apart]
5: make a break in; "We interrupt the program for the following messages" [syn: interrupt, disrupt, break up, 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" [syn: dissolve, resolve, break up]
7: suffer a nervous breakdown [syn: crack up, crack, crock up, break up, collapse]
8: take apart into its constituent pieces [syn: disassemble, dismantle, take apart, break up, break apart] [ant: 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" [syn: break, break up]
10: set or keep apart; "sever a relationship" [syn: sever, break up]
11: attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example; "Pick open the ice" [syn: pick, break up]
12: release ice; "The icebergs and glaciers calve" [syn: calve, break up]
13: close at the end of a session; "The court adjourned" [syn: adjourn, recess, break up]
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" [syn: dissolve, break up]
15: come to an end; "Their marriage dissolved"; "The tobacco monopoly broke up" [syn: dissolve, break up]
16: break or cause to break into pieces; "The plate fragmented" [syn: break up, fragment, fragmentize, fragmentise]
17: cause to separate; "break up kidney stones"; "disperse particles" [syn: break up, disperse, scatter]
18: separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts [syn: decompose, break up, break down]
19: laugh unrestrainedly [syn: break up, crack up]

Merriam Webster's

verb Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. a. to cease to exist as a unified whole ; disperse <their partnership broke up> b. to end a romance 2. to lose morale, composure, or resolution; especially to become abandoned to laughter <breaks up completely, laughing himself into a coughing fit Gene Williams> transitive verb 1. to break into pieces 2. to bring to an end <broke up the fight> 3. to do away with ; destroy <break up a monopoly> 4. to disrupt the continuity or flow of <break up a dull routine> 5. decompose <break up a chemical> 6. to cause to laugh heartily

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. When something breaks up or when you break it up, it separates or is divided into several smaller parts. There was a danger of the ship breaking up completely... Break up the chocolate and melt it... He broke the bread up into chunks and gave Meer a big one... Tanks are strongly built. It is a complicated and difficult process to break them up. PHRASAL VERB: V P, V P n (not pron), V n P into n, V n P 2. If you break up with your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife, your relationship with that person ends. My girlfriend had broken up with me... He felt appalled by the whole idea of marriage so we broke up. = split up PHRASAL VERB: V P with n, pl-n V P 3. If a marriage breaks up or if someone breaks it up, the marriage ends and the partners separate. MPs say they work too hard and that is why so many of their marriages break up... Fred has given me no good reason for wanting to break up our marriage. PHRASAL VERB: V P, V P n (not pron) 4. When a meeting or gathering breaks up or when someone breaks it up, it is brought to an end and the people involved in it leave. A neighbour asked for the music to be turned down and the party broke up... Police used tear gas to break up a demonstration... He charged into the crowd. 'Break it up,' he shouted. = disperse PHRASAL VERB: V P, V P n (not pron), V n P 5. When a school or the pupils in it break up, the school term ends and the pupils start their holidays. (BRIT) It's the last week before they break up, and they're doing all kinds of Christmas things. ? go back PHRASAL VERB: V P 6. If you say that someone is breaking up when you are speaking to them on a mobile telephone, you mean that you can only hear parts of what they are saying because the signal is interrupted. The line's gone; I think you're breaking up. PHRASAL VERB: V P 7. see also break-up

Moby Thesaurus

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