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break up

verb

Definition of break up

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cease to exist as a unified whole :  disperse <their partnership broke up> b :  to end a romance

  3. 2 :  to lose morale, composure, or resolution; especially :  to become abandoned to laughter <breaks up completely, laughing himself into a coughing fit — Gene Williams>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to break into pieces

  6. 2 :  to bring to an end <broke up the fight>

  7. 3 :  to do away with :  destroy <break up a monopoly>

  8. 4 :  to disrupt the continuity or flow of <break up a dull routine>

  9. 5 :  decompose <break up a chemical>

  10. 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>



15th Century

First Known Use of break up

15th century

Rhymes with break up



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