break up

break up

  1. (intransitive) To break or separate into pieces; to disintegrate or come apart.
    It broke up when it hit the ground.
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic) To end a relationship.
    She broke up with her boyfriend last week.
  3. (reciprocal, intransitive) To end a relationship with each other.
    Jane and Stephen broke up.
  4. (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.
  5. (intransitive, idiomatic) Of a school, to close for the holidays at the end of term.
  6. (intransitive, idiomatic) Of a telephone conversation, to cease to be understandable because of a bad connection.
    You're breaking up. Can you repeat that?
  7. (transitive) To break or separate into pieces.
    Break up the cheese and put it in the salad.
  8. (transitive, idiomatic) To stop a fight; to separate people who are fighting.
    The police came in to break up the disturbance.
  9. (intransitive, idiomatic, figuratively) Become disorganised
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  • Italian: concludersi, completarsi
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