- (intransitive) To break or separate into pieces; to disintegrate or come apart.
- It broke up when it hit the ground.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) To end a relationship.
- She broke up with her boyfriend last week.
- (reciprocal, intransitive) To end a relationship with each other.
- Jane and Stephen broke up.
- (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.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) Of a school, to close for the holidays at the end of term.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) Of a telephone conversation, to cease to be understandable because of a bad connection.
- You're breaking up. Can you repeat that?
- (transitive) To break or separate into pieces.
- Break up the cheese and put it in the salad.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To stop a fight; to separate people who are fighting.
- The police came in to break up the disturbance.
- (intransitive, idiomatic, figuratively) Become disorganised
- French: se casser, se briser, se rompre
- Italian: disintegrare, rompere, ridurre in mille pezzi, fare a pezzi
- Russian: разбива́ться
- Spanish: romperse
- French: rompre, casser
- German: auseinander gehen, Schluss machen
- Italian: rompere, terminare, lasciarsi, separarsi
- Portuguese: terminar, acabar
- Russian: расходи́ться
- Spanish: terminar, romper
- Italian: concludersi, completarsi
- French: se disperser