break up

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break up

verb

Definition of BREAK UP

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

Examples of BREAK UP

  1. <the band broke up when their arguments over money grew too stressful>
  2. <the meeting broke up when all the business for the day had been completed>

First Known Use of BREAK UP

15th century

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