Meaning of break up

Definition of break up

(verb) to cause to separate and go in different directions; "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"
discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"
come apart; "the group broke up"
break violently or noisily; smash
make a break in; "We interrupt the program for the following messages"
cause to go into a solution; "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"
take apart into its constituent pieces
destroy the completeness of a set of related items; "The book dealer would not break the set"
set or keep apart; "sever a relationship"
attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example; "Pick open the ice"
release ice; "The icebergs and glaciers calve"
close at the end of a session; "The court adjourned"
bring the association of to an end or cause to break up; "The decree officially dissolved the marriage"; "the judge dissolved the tobacco company"
come to an end; "Their marriage dissolved"; "The tobacco monopoly broke up"
break or cause to break into pieces; "The plate fragmented"
cause to separate; "break up kidney stones"; "disperse particles"
separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts

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