(third-person singular simple present breaks up, present participle breaking up, simple past broke up, past participle broken up)
- (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.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) To dissolve; to part.
- The meeting finally broke up after a three-hour discussion.
- (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?
- To break or separate into pieces.
- Break up the cheese and put it in the salad.
- (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
- Alternative spelling of breakup.
(third-person singular simple present breaks-up, present participle breaking-up, simple past broke-up, past participle broken-up)
- Alternative spelling of break up.