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Definition of the verb break up

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verb

  1. to cause to separate and go in different directions
  2. discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
  3. come apart
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: part / separate / split = go one's own way
    • more specific words: dissolve / disband = stop functioning or cohering as a unit
  4. break violently or noisily; smash
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of break up: break apart / crash
    • more generic word: disintegrate = break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity
  5. make a break in
  6. cause to go into a solution
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of break up: dissolve / resolve
    • more generic term: change integrity = change in physical make-up
    • more specific terms:
      • melt down / melt / run = reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating
      • cut = dissolve by breaking down the fat of
    • cause: dissolve
  7. suffer a nervous breakdown
  8. take apart into its constituent pieces
  9. destroy the completeness of a set of related items
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of break up: break
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
  10. set or keep apart
  11. attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of break up: pick
    • more generic word: pierce = cut or make a way through
    • entailment: chop / hack = cut with a hacking tool
  12. release ice
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of break up: calve
    • more generic words: divide / part / separate = come apart
  13. close at the end of a session
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of break up: adjourn / recess
    • more generic words: cease / end / finish / stop / terminate = have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense
  14. bring the association of to an end or cause to break up
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of break up: dissolve
    • more generic words: end / terminate = bring to an end or halt
  15. come to an end
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of break up: dissolve
    • more generic words: end / terminate = bring to an end or halt
  16. break or cause to break into pieces
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Tony broke the window
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Tony broke the piggy bank open
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] with [Instrument]Tony broke the piggy bank open with a hammer
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]Tony broke the glass to pieces
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument]Tony broke the glass to pieces with a hammer
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Carol crushed the ice with a hammer | Tony broke the window with a hammer
      [Instrument - solid] [Verb] [Patient]The hammer broke the window | The hammer crushed the marble
      [Patient - solid] [Verb]The window broke
      [Patient - solid] [Verb] [Adverb]Copper rods bend easily | Cotton clothes dry easily | Crystal vases break easily | Idaho potatoes bake beautifully
      [Patient - solid] [Verb] to / into [Oblique, state]The glass broke into a thousand pieces

      Verbs of Change of State (with the same syntax): break, break apart, break down, chip, cleave, crack, crash, crush, dissolve, fracture, fragment, rend, rip, rive, shatter, shred, sliver, smash, snap, splinter, split, tear.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of break up: fragment / fragmentise / fragmentize
    • more generic terms: break / come apart / fall apart / separate / split up = become separated into pieces or fragments
    • more specific words:
      • atomise / atomize = break up into small particles
      • comminute / crunch / grind / bray / mash = reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
      • pound = break down and crush by beating, as with a pestle
      • sunder = break apart or in two, using violence
      • splinter / sliver = break up into splinters or slivers
      • rag = break into lumps before sorting
      • crumb = break into crumbs
      • brecciate = break into breccia
      • crush = break into small pieces
      • grate / grind = make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together
  17. cause to separate
  18. separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
    • domain: chemical science / chemistry
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of break up: break down / decompose
    • more generic word: separate = divide into components or constituents
    • more specific words:
      • 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
  19. laugh unrestrainedly

Alternative definition of the verb break up

verb

  1. [intransitive] To break or separate into pieces; to disintegrate or come apart.
  2. [intransitive, idiomatic] To end a relationship.
  3. [intransitive, idiomatic] To dissolve; to part.
  4. [intransitive, idiomatic] Of a school, to close for the holidays at the end of term.
  5. [intransitive, idiomatic] Of a telephone conversation, to cease to be understandable because of a bad connection.
  6. [transitive] To break or separate into pieces.
  7. [transitive, idiomatic] To stop a fight; to separate people who are fighting.
  8. [intransitive, idiomatic, figurative] [rfdef, lang=en]

Films

  1. "Break Up" a.k.a. "We Won't Grow Old Together": We Won't Grow Old Together is a 1972 French drama film directed by Maurice Pialat. It was entered into the 1972 Cannes Film Festival where Jean Yanne won the award for Best Actor.
  2. "Break Up" a.k.a. "Eutanasia di un amore" is a 1978 drama film written by Massimo De Rita, Arduino Maiuri, Enrico Maria Salerno, Giorgio Saviane and directed by Enrico Maria Salerno.
  3. "Break Up" a.k.a. "Break Up?" is a 2011 short comedy film written and directed by Matt Thompson.

Music

  1. "Break Up" is a musical single of Kim Sozzi.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  2. "Break Up" is a musical single of Mario.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  3. "BREAK UP" is a musical single of Bomb Factory.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  4. "Break Up" is a musical single of Lee Gi-kwang & Electroboyz.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  5. "Break up" is a musical single of U-KISS.
    • released on
  6. "Break Up" is a musical album of Little Jinder.
    • released on
  7. "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.
  8. "Break Up" is a musical album of Bastards of Melody.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  9. "Break Up" a.k.a. "Break up!" is a composition.

Miscellanea

  1. Break Up a.k.a. Break-Up is an independent German experimental feature film comedy directed by Alexander Tuschinski. It received awards at international film-festivals.
  2. Break Up is a marketing campaign.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Break Up

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Google previewThe New Dickson Baseball Dictionary (1999)

A Cyclopedic Reference to More Than 7,000 Words, Names, Phrases, and Slang Expressions that Define the Game, Its Heritage, Culture, and Variations by Paul Dickson

break up 1. To score the game-winning run(s) with a flurry of hits. 1st Use. 1905.

Google previewA New English-Hindustani Dictionary (1883)

With Illustrations from English Literature and Colloquial English, Tr. Into Hindustani by S. W. Fallon

break up, 1. torna; barkhast k. ; uthana; chhutti dena. 2. dUbind. tor d. ; hurra k. break upon the wheel, (jaiye ke niche kuchalva dena; gari ...

Google previewPennsylvania Biographical Dictionary (1999)

by Jan Onofrio

After the break up of Gulliver, ...

Google previewThe Chambers Crossword Dictionary, 3rd edition (2012)

by Chambers,

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Usage statistics about break up

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb break up:

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Break up the printing presses and you break up rebellion. (Dudley Nichols)
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