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BREAK UP

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does break up mean? 

BREAK UP (verb)
  The verb BREAK UP has 19 senses:

1. to cause to separate and go in different directions
2. discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
3. come apart
4. break violently or noisily; smash
5. make a break in
6. cause to go into a solution
7. suffer a nervous breakdown
8. take apart into its constituent pieces
9. destroy the completeness of a set of related items
10. set or keep apart
11. attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example
12. release ice
13. close at the end of a session
14. bring the association of to an end or cause to break up
15. come to an end
16. break or cause to break into pieces
17. cause to separate
18. separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
19. laugh unrestrainedly

  Familiarity information: BREAK UP used as a verb is very familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


BREAK UP (verb)


Sense 1break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To cause to separate and go in different directions

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

scatter; dissipate; break up; disperse; dispel

Context example:

She waved her hand and scattered the crowds

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

divide; separate (make a division or separation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "break up"):

disband (cause to break up or cease to function)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 2break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Discontinue an association or relation; go different ways

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

break up; part; split; split up; separate; break

Context examples:

The business partners broke over a tax question / The couple separated after 25 years of marriage / My friend and I split up

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "break up"):

give the axe; give the bounce; give the gate (terminate a relationship abruptly)

break apart; disunify (break up or separate)

disassociate; disjoint; dissociate; disunite; divorce (part; cease or break association with)

break with (end a relationship)

divorce; split up (get a divorce; formally terminate a marriage)

break away; secede; splinter (withdraw from an organization or communion)

break; break away (interrupt a continued activity)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 3break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come apart

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

the group broke up

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

part; separate; split (go one's own way; move apart)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "break up"):

disband; dissolve (stop functioning or cohering as a unit)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 4break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Break violently or noisily; smash

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

break apart; break up; crash

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

disintegrate (break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 5break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a break in

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

interrupt; cut off; disrupt; break up

Context example:

We interrupt the program for the following messages

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

break; break off; discontinue; stop (prevent completion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "break up"):

take off; take time off (take time off from work; stop working temporarily)

stop; stop over (interrupt a trip)

block; jam (interfere with or prevent the reception of signals)

come in; inject; interject; interpose; put in; throw in (to insert between other elements)

heckle (challenge aggressively)

burst in on; burst upon (spring suddenly)

barge in; break in; butt in; chime in; chisel in; cut in; put in (break into a conversation)

break; intermit; pause (cease an action temporarily)

put aside; put away (turn away from and put aside, perhaps temporarily)

break (interrupt the flow of current in)

punctuate (interrupt periodically)

cut; cut off (cease, stop)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 6break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to go into a solution

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

dissolve; break up; resolve

Context example:

The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

change integrity (change in physical make-up)

Cause:

dissolve (pass into a solution)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "break up"):

cut (dissolve by breaking down the fat of)

melt; melt down; run (reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 7break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suffer a nervous breakdown

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

crock up; crack up; collapse; break up; crack

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

get; have; suffer; sustain (undergo (as of injuries and illnesses))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 8break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take apart into its constituent pieces

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

take apart; disassemble; break apart; dismantle; break up

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

destroy; destruct (do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 9break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Destroy the completeness of a set of related items

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

break up; break

Context example:

The book dealer would not break the set

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 10break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Set or keep apart

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

sever; break up

Context example:

sever a relationship

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

disunite; divide; part; separate (force, take, or pull apart)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 11break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

pick; break up

Context example:

Pick open the ice

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

pierce (cut or make a way through)

"Break up" entails doing...:

chop; hack (cut with a hacking tool)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 12break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Release ice

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

calve; break up

Context example:

The icebergs and glaciers calve

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

divide; part; separate (come apart)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 13break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Close at the end of a session

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

adjourn; recess; break up

Context example:

The court adjourned

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

cease; end; finish; stop; terminate (have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 14break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring the association of to an end or cause to break up

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

dissolve; break up

Context examples:

The decree officially dissolved the marriage / the judge dissolved the tobacco company

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

end; terminate (bring to an end or halt)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 15break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come to an end

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

dissolve; break up

Context examples:

Their marriage dissolved / The tobacco monopoly broke up

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

end; terminate (bring to an end or halt)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 16break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Break or cause to break into pieces

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

fragment; fragmentise; fragmentize; break up

Context example:

The plate fragmented

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

break; come apart; fall apart; separate; split up (become separated into pieces or fragments)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "break up"):

grate; grind (make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together)

crush (break into small pieces)

brecciate (break into breccia)

crumb (break into crumbs)

rag (break into lumps before sorting)

sliver; splinter (break up into splinters or slivers)

sunder (break apart or in two, using violence)

pound (break down and crush by beating, as with a pestle)

bray; comminute; crunch; grind; mash (reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading)

atomise; atomize (break up into small particles)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody of something


Sense 17break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to separate

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

disperse; scatter; break up

Context examples:

break up kidney stones / disperse particles

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

change integrity (change in physical make-up)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "break up"):

backscatter (scatter (radiation) by the atoms of the medium through which it passes)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 18break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

decompose; break down; break up

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

separate (divide into components or constituents)

Domain category:

chemical science; chemistry (the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "break up"):

digest (soften or disintegrate by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture)

dissociate (to undergo a reversible or temporary breakdown of a molecule into simpler molecules or atoms)

crack (reduce (petroleum) to a simpler compound by cracking)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 19break up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Laugh unrestrainedly

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

crack up; break up

Hypernyms (to "break up" is one way to...):

express joy; express mirth; laugh (produce laughter)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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