break up

verb

Definition of break up

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to cease to exist as a unified whole :  disperse their partnership broke upb :  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 in a sentence

  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



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