What does break up mean?

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break up

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disperse, dissipate, dispel, break up, scatterverb

    to cause to separate and go in different directions

    "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"

  2. separate, part, split up, split, break, break upverb

    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"

  3. break upverb

    come apart

    "the group broke up"

  4. crash, break up, break apartverb

    break violently or noisily; smash;

  5. interrupt, disrupt, break up, cut offverb

    make a break in

    "We interrupt the program for the following messages"

  6. dissolve, resolve, break upverb

    cause to go into a solution

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

  7. crack up, crack, crock up, break up, collapseverb

    suffer a nervous breakdown

  8. disassemble, dismantle, take apart, break up, break apartverb

    take apart into its constituent pieces

  9. break, break upverb

    destroy the completeness of a set of related items

    "The book dealer would not break the set"

  10. sever, break upverb

    set or keep apart

    "sever a relationship"

  11. pick, break upverb

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

    "Pick open the ice"

  12. calve, break upverb

    release ice

    "The icebergs and glaciers calve"

  13. adjourn, recess, break upverb

    close at the end of a session

    "The court adjourned"

  14. dissolve, break upverb

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

    "The decree officially dissolved the marriage"; "the judge dissolved the tobacco company"

  15. dissolve, break upverb

    come to an end

    "Their marriage dissolved"; "The tobacco monopoly broke up"

  16. break up, fragment, fragmentize, fragmentiseverb

    break or cause to break into pieces

    "The plate fragmented"

  17. break up, disperse, scatterverb

    cause to separate

    "break up kidney stones"; "disperse particles"

  18. decompose, break up, break downverb

    separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts

  19. break up, crack upverb

    laugh unrestrainedly


  1. break upverb

    To break or separate into pieces; to disintegrate or come apart.

  2. break upverb

    To end a relationship.

  3. break upverb

    To dissolve; to part.

  4. break upverb

    Of a school, to close for the holidays at the end of term.

  5. break upverb

    Of a telephone conversation, to cease to be understandable because of a bad connection.

  6. break upverb

    To break or separate into pieces.

  7. break upverb

    To stop a fight; to separate people who are fighting.


  1. Break Up

    Break Up is the second EP by the Chicago-based pop punk band the Smoking Popes, released independently in 1992. It was their first release with drummer Mike Felumlee. The EP was recorded at Solid Sound Studio in Hoffman Estates, Illinois with recording engineer Phil Bonnet. Singer and guitarist Josh Caterer considers the lead track, "Waiting Around", "pretty much the first real Popes song." The material for the band's debut EP, Inoculator, had been written for a previous incarnation of the band called Speedstick, described by Caterer as "a kind of Spinal Tap-esque parody of a punk band." Feeling that "the concept had played itself out and it was time to stop messing around", the band had recorded "the five least ridiculous Speedstick songs" as Inoculator under the name Smoking Popes. "Then when I sat down to write some new songs for the new band," says Caterer, "the first thing that popped out was 'Waiting Around'. I was excited to be getting serious about songwriting, and it was generally an exciting time for the band. I feel like I can still hear that excitement when I listen to this recording." "Waiting Around" was later covered by Tom Daily for the Smoking Popes Tribute album.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of break up in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of break up in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of break up in a Sentence

  1. Sipho P Nkosi:

    Choose to bond instead of break-up, choose smile instead of stress and choose to cherish instead of crying.

  2. Tony Hall:

    While every major global player is creating a more integrated system, it would make no sense for us to go the other way and break up a system that is delivering returns that are essential to support public service programmes.

  3. Emily Lyons:

    Remodeling after a breakup depends on the individual and the breakup, if it is going to help you be happy and move on then absolutely it’s a necessity. At one New York City interior design firm they even have a term( used internally) for such projects : break-up decoration therapy. Sean Juneja, CEO of Dcor Aid, says Dcor Aid’s important to start in the bedroom, the most intimate space you shared. Even if you ca n’t afford to knock down any walls, paint them.

  4. National Transportation Safety Board:

    He stated that he was extracted from the vehicle as a result of the break-up sequence and unbuckled from his seat at some point before the parachute deployed automatically.

  5. Hiroto Saikawa:

    We want a win-win relationship with Renault. The alliance has been successful until now because we have respected each others' independence, if necessary, we will put our capital structure on the table. If the relationship becomes a win-lose one, the relationship will break up very quickly.

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