- (intransitive) To break or separate into pieces; to disintegrate or come apart.
- It broke up when it hit the ground.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) To end a relationship.
- She broke up with her boyfriend last week.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) To dissolve; to part.
- The meeting finally broke up after a three-hour discussion.
- 1898, J. Meade Falkner , Moonfleet Chapter 4
- So the meeting broke up, and the torchlight grew dimmer, and died away as it had come in a red flicker on the roof, and the footsteps sounded fainter as they went up the passage, until the vault was left to the dead men and me.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) Of a school, to close for the holidays at the end of term.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) Of a telephone conversation, to cease to be understandable because of a bad connection.
- You're breaking up. Can you repeat that?
- (transitive) To break or separate into pieces.
- Break up the cheese and put it in the salad.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To stop a fight; to separate people who are fighting.
- The police came in to break up the disturbance.
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- breakup (noun)