breakup

noun break·up \ ˈbrāk-ˌəp \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of breakup

1 : an act or instance of breaking up
2 : the breaking, melting, and loosening of ice in the spring

Examples of breakup in a Sentence

  1. Money problems often lead to marital breakups.

  2. She's just gone through a bad breakup with her boyfriend.

  3. He began drinking heavily following the breakup of his marriage.

  4. a couple heading for marital breakup

  5. What caused the breakup of the Roman Empire?

  6. the breakup of a monopoly

  7. the breakup of an asteroid as it hits the Earth's atmosphere

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First Known Use of breakup

1794


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 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

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First Known Use of break up

15th century

break up Synonyms

Synonyms
disband, disperse, dissolve
Antonyms
band, join, unite
Related Words
demobilize
Near Antonyms
incorporate; consolidate; hang together

BREAKUP Defined for English Language Learners

breakup

noun

Definition of breakup for English Language Learners

  • : the end of a relationship, marriage, etc.

  • : the separation of something into smaller parts or pieces



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