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  Definition of Break up
  1. laugh unrestrainedly
  2. separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
  3. cause to separate; "break up kidney stones"; "disperse particles"
  4. break or cause to break into pieces; "The plate fragmented"
  5. come to an end; "Their marriage dissolved"; "The tobacco monopoly broke up"
  6. bring the association of to an end or cause to break up; "The decree officially dissolved the marriage"; "the judge dissolved the tobacco company"
  7. close at the end of a session; "The court adjourned"
  8. cause to go into a solution; "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"
  9. make a break in; "We interrupt the program for the following messages"
  10. release ice; "The icebergs and glaciers calve"
  11. attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example; "Pick open the ice"
  12. set or keep apart; "sever a relationship"
  13. break violently or noisily; smash;
  14. destroy the completeness of a set of related items; "The book dealer would not break the set"
  15. take apart into its constituent pieces
  16. suffer a nervous breakdown
  17. come apart; "the group broke up"
  18. to cause to separate and go in different directions; "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"
  19. discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"
Similar Words: crack up, decompose, break down, disperse, scatter, fragment, fragmentize, fragmentise, dissolve, adjourn, recess, resolve, interrupt, disrupt, cut off, calve, pick, sever, crash, break apart, break, disassemble, dismantle, take apart, crack, crock up, collapse, dissipate, dispel, separate, part, split up, split


Hyponyms: digest, dissociate, crack, backscatter, atomize, atomise, grind, mash, crunch, bray, comminute, pound, sunder, splinter, sliver, rag, crumb, brecciate, crush, grate, melt, run, melt down, cut, cut off, punctuate, break, put away, pause, intermit, chime in, cut in, put in, butt in, chisel in, barge in, break in, burst in on, burst upon, heckle, interject, come in, interpose, throw in, inject, jam, block, stop, stop over, take off, take time off, disband, dissolve, give the axe, give the bounce, give the gate, disunify, break apart, disassociate, divorce, disunite, disjoint, break with, split up, secede, break away


Grouped Verbs: dissolve, dismiss, discerp, sever, lop, crash, break


Entailments: chop, hack


Derivational Morphology: decomposition, decomposition reaction, fragment, shard, sherd, fragmentation, atomization, atomisation, dissolution, disintegration, adjournment, breakup, respite, recess, break, time out, solvent, dissolvent, dissolver, dissolving agent, resolvent, dissolving, interruption, disruption, gap, interrupter, pick, pickax, pickaxe, rupture, breach, severance, rift, falling out, dismantling, dismantlement, disassembly, collapse, breakdown, crack-up, separation, detachment, scatter, spread, scattering, strewing, dispersion, dissipation, dispersal, dissemination, diffusion, schism, split, separatist, separationist, legal separation


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