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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


Causedissolve

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.


Synonymsbreak


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Verb groupbreak

10. break up (contact) set or keep apart


SamplesSever a relationship.


Synonymssever


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.


Synonymspick


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)pierce


Entailchop, hack

12. break up (contact) release ice


SamplesThe icebergs and glaciers calve.


Synonymscalve


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.


Synonymsdissolve


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.


Synonymsdissolve


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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