Definition of Break up

1. Verb. To cause to separate and go in different directions. "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"

Exact synonyms: Dispel, Disperse, Dissipate, Scatter
Specialized synonyms: Disband
Generic synonyms: Divide, Separate
Derivative terms: Dispersion, Dissipation, Scatter, Scatter, Scattering, Scattering

2. Verb. Discontinue an association or relation; go different ways. "My friend and I split up"

3. Verb. Come apart. "The group broke up"
Specialized synonyms: Disband, Dissolve
Generic synonyms: Part, Separate, Split
Derivative terms: Breakup

4. Verb. Break violently or noisily; smash. "The glass tubes break up"
Exact synonyms: Break Apart, Crash
Generic synonyms: Disintegrate
Related verbs: Crash

5. Verb. Make a break in. ; "We interrupt the program for the following messages"

6. Verb. Cause to go into a solution. "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"
Exact synonyms: Dissolve, Resolve
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity
Specialized synonyms: Melt, Melt Down, Run, Cut
Causes: Dissolve
Derivative terms: Dissolution, Dissolvent, Dissolver, Dissolving, Resolvent

7. Verb. Suffer a nervous breakdown.
Exact synonyms: Collapse, Crack, Crack Up, Crock Up
Generic synonyms: Get, Have, Suffer, Sustain
Derivative terms: Collapse, Crack-up

8. Verb. Take apart into its constituent pieces.
Exact synonyms: Break Apart, Disassemble, Dismantle, Take Apart
Generic synonyms: Destroy, Destruct
Antonyms: Assemble
Derivative terms: Dismantlement, Dismantling

9. Verb. Destroy the completeness of a set of related items. "The book dealer would not break the set"
Exact synonyms: Break
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Related verbs: Break
Derivative terms: Breakable

10. Verb. Set or keep apart. "Sever a relationship"
Exact synonyms: Sever
Generic synonyms: Disunite, Divide, Part, Separate
Related verbs: Discerp, Lop, Sever
Derivative terms: Severance

11. Verb. Attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example. "Pick open the ice"
Exact synonyms: Pick
Entails: Chop, Hack
Generic synonyms: Pierce
Derivative terms: Pick

12. Verb. Release ice. "The icebergs and glaciers calve"
Exact synonyms: Calve
Generic synonyms: Divide, Part, Separate

13. Verb. Close at the end of a session. "The court adjourned"
Exact synonyms: Adjourn, Recess
Generic synonyms: Cease, End, Finish, Stop, Terminate
Derivative terms: Adjournment, Recess

14. Verb. Bring the association of to an end or cause to break up. "The judge dissolved the tobacco company"
Exact synonyms: Dissolve
Related verbs: Dismiss, Dissolve
Generic synonyms: End, Terminate
Derivative terms: Dissolution, Dissolution, Dissolution

15. Verb. Come to an end. "The tobacco monopoly broke up"
Exact synonyms: Dissolve
Generic synonyms: End, Terminate

16. Verb. Break or cause to break into pieces. "The plate fragmented"

17. Verb. Cause to separate. "Disperse particles"
Exact synonyms: Disperse, Scatter
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity
Specialized synonyms: Backscatter

18. Verb. Separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts.
Exact synonyms: Break Down, Decompose
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Specialized synonyms: Digest, Dissociate, Crack
Generic synonyms: Separate
Derivative terms: Decomposition

19. Verb. Laugh unrestrainedly.
Exact synonyms: Crack Up
Generic synonyms: Express Joy, Express Mirth, Laugh

Definition of Break up

1. Verb. (intransitive) To break or separate into pieces; to disintegrate or come apart. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive idiomatic) To end a relationship. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive idiomatic) To dissolve; to part. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive idiomatic) Of a school, to close for the holidays at the end of term. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive idiomatic) Of a telephone conversation, to cease to be understandable because of a bad connection. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To break or separate into pieces. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive idiomatic) To stop a fight; to separate people who are fighting. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive idiomatic figuratively) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Break Up

break silence
break someone's heart
break stride
break the Sabbath
break the back of
break the bank
break the buck
break the deadlock
break the fourth wall
break the ice
break the mold
break the mould
break the news
break the seal
break through
break up (current term)
break water
break with
breakaway phenomenon

Literary usage of Break up

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Nature by Norman Lockyer, Nature Publishing Group (1875)
"The floe occasionally came to grief, and its dimensions became gradually diminished ; in January it suffered such a terrible break-up that a new house had ..."

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