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English verb: break up

1. break up (motion) to cause to separate and go in different directions

SamplesShe waved her hand and scattered the crowds.

Synonymsdispel, disperse, dissipate, scatter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)divide, separate

Narrower (hyponym)disband

2. break up (social) discontinue an association or relation; go different ways

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

Synonymsbreak, part, separate, split, split up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)break, break apart, break away, break away, break with, disassociate, disjoint, dissociate, disunify, disunite, divorce, divorce, give the axe, give the bounce, give the gate, secede, splinter, split up

3. break up (motion) come apart

SamplesThe group broke up.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)part, separate, split

Narrower (hyponym)disband, dissolve

4. break up (contact) break violently or noisily; smash

Synonymsbreak apart, crash

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)disintegrate

Verb groupcrash

5. break up (communication) make a break in

SamplesWe interrupt the program for the following messages.

Synonymscut off, disrupt, interrupt

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)break, break off, discontinue, stop

Narrower (hyponym)barge in, block, break, break, break in, burst in on, burst upon, butt in, chime in, chisel in, come in, cut, cut in, cut off, heckle, inject, interject, intermit, interpose, jam, pause, punctuate, put aside, put away, put in, put in, stop, stop over, take off, take time off, throw in

6. break up (change) cause to go into a solution

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

Synonymsdissolve, resolve

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change integrity

Narrower (hyponym)cut, melt, melt down, run


7. break up (emotion) suffer a nervous breakdown

Synonymscollapse, crack, crack up, crock up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)get, have, suffer, sustain

8. break up (creation) take apart into its constituent pieces

Synonymsbreak apart, disassemble, dismantle, take apart

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)destroy, destruct

Antonymsassemble, put together, tack together, piece, set up, tack

9. break up (contact) destroy the completeness of a set of related items

SamplesThe book dealer would not break the set.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Verb groupbreak

10. break up (contact) set or keep apart

SamplesSever a relationship.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disunite, divide, part, separate

Verb groupdiscerp, lop, sever

11. break up (contact) attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example

SamplesPick open the ice.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)pierce

Entailchop, hack

12. break up (contact) release ice

SamplesThe icebergs and glaciers calve.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)divide, part, separate

13. break up (change) close at the end of a session

SamplesThe court adjourned.

Synonymsadjourn, recess

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cease, end, finish, stop, terminate

14. break up (change) bring the association of to an end or cause to break up

SamplesThe decree officially dissolved the marriage.
The judge dissolved the tobacco company.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)end, terminate

Verb groupdismiss, dissolve

15. break up (change) come to an end

SamplesTheir marriage dissolved.
The tobacco monopoly broke up.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)end, terminate

16. break up (change) break or cause to break into pieces

SamplesThe plate fragmented.

Synonymsfragment, fragmentise, fragmentize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody of something

Broader (hypernym)break, come apart, fall apart, separate, split up

Narrower (hyponym)atomise, atomize, bray, brecciate, comminute, crumb, crunch, crush, grate, grind, grind, mash, pound, rag, sliver, splinter, sunder

17. break up (change) cause to separate

SamplesBreak up kidney stones.
Disperse particles.

Synonymsdisperse, scatter

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change integrity

Narrower (hyponym)backscatter

18. break up (change) separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts

Synonymsbreak down, decompose

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)separate

Narrower (hyponym)crack, digest, dissociate

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

19. break up (body) laugh unrestrainedly

Synonymscrack up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)express joy, express mirth, laugh

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