break up

Definitions of break up
  1. verb
    break or cause to break into pieces
    synonyms: fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize
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    atomise, atomize
    break up into small particles
    bray, comminute, crunch, grind, mash
    reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
    break down and crush by beating, as with a pestle
    break apart or in two, using violence
    sliver, splinter
    break up into splinters or slivers
    break into lumps before sorting
    break into crumbs
    break into breccia
    break into small pieces
    grate, grind
    make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together
    grind together, of teeth
    reduce to pulp
    grind, mash or pulverize in a mortar
    grind with a mill
    break up into small pieces for food preparation
    chew, jaw, manducate, masticate
    chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth
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    break, come apart, fall apart, separate, split up
    become separated into pieces or fragments
  2. verb
    come apart
    “the group broke up
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    disband, dissolve
    stop functioning or cohering as a unit
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    part, separate, split
    go one's own way; move apart
  3. verb
    take apart into its constituent pieces
    synonyms: break apart, disassemble, dismantle, take apart
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    assemble, piece, put together, set up, tack, tack together
    create by putting components or members together
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    destroy, destruct
    do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
  4. verb
    separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
    synonyms: break down, decompose, degrade
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    soften or disintegrate by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture
    to undergo a reversible or temporary breakdown of a molecule into simpler molecules or atoms
    reduce (petroleum) to a simpler compound by cracking
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    divide into components or constituents
  5. verb
    cause to separate
    break up kidney stones”
    synonyms: disperse, scatter
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    scatter (radiation) by the atoms of the medium through which it passes
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    change integrity
    change in physical make-up
  6. verb
    to cause to separate and go in different directions
    synonyms: dispel, disperse, dissipate, scatter
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    cause to break up or cease to function
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    divide, separate
    make a division or separation
  7. verb
    break violently or noisily; smash;
    synonyms: break apart, crash
    cause to crash
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    break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity
  8. verb
    attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example
    synonyms: pick
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    cut or make a way through
  9. verb
    release ice
    synonyms: calve
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    divide, part, separate
    come apart
  10. verb
    discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
    synonyms: break, part, separate, split, split up
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    give the axe, give the bounce, give the gate
    terminate a relationship abruptly
    break apart, disunify
    break up or separate
    disassociate, disjoint, dissociate, disunite, divorce
    part; cease or break association with
    break with
    end a relationship
    divorce, split up
    get a divorce; formally terminate a marriage
    break away, secede, splinter
    withdraw from an organization or communion
    break, break away
    interrupt a continued activity
  11. verb
    bring the association of to an end or cause to break up
    synonyms: dissolve
    dismiss, dissolve
    declare void
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    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
  12. verb
    come to an end
    “The tobacco monopoly broke up
    synonyms: dissolve
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    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
  13. verb
    make a break in
    synonyms: cut off, disrupt, interrupt
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    cut, cut off
    cease, stop
    interrupt periodically
    interrupt the flow of current in
    put aside, put away
    turn away from and put aside, perhaps temporarily
    break, intermit, pause
    cease an action temporarily
    barge in, break in, butt in, chime in, chisel in, cut in, put in
    break into a conversation
    burst in on, burst upon
    spring suddenly
    challenge aggressively
    come in, inject, interject, interpose, put in, throw in
    to insert between other elements
    block, jam
    interfere with or prevent the reception of signals
    stop, stop over
    interrupt a trip
    take off, take time off
    take time off from work; stop working temporarily
    speak abruptly, especially as an interruption
    disrupt, interrupt
    interfere in someone else's activity
    breathe, catch one's breath, rest, take a breather
    take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
    take five
    take a break for five minutes
    take ten
    take a ten minute break
    barrage jam
    jam an entire frequency spectrum
    point jam
    jam a narrow band of frequencies
    spot jam
    jam a single frequency
    blanket jam
    jam a broad spectrum of frequencies to affect all communications in the area except for directional antenna communications
    make a stop in a harbour
    lay over, stop over
    interrupt a journey temporarily, e.g., overnight
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    break, break off, discontinue, stop
    prevent completion
  14. verb
    close at the end of a session
    synonyms: adjourn, recess
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    cease, end, finish, stop, terminate
    have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
  15. verb
    cause to go into a solution
    synonyms: dissolve, resolve
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    melt, melt down, run
    reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating
    dissolve by breaking down the fat of
    make liquid or plastic by heating
    render, try
    melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities
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    change integrity
    change in physical make-up
  16. verb
    set or keep apart
    synonyms: sever
    discerp, lop, sever
    cut off from a whole
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    disunite, divide, part, separate
    force, take, or pull apart
  17. verb
    destroy the completeness of a set of related items
    synonyms: break
    exchange for smaller units of money
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  18. verb
    laugh unrestrainedly
    synonyms: crack up
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    express joy, express mirth, laugh
    produce laughter
  19. verb
    suffer a nervous breakdown
    synonyms: collapse, crack, crack up, crock up
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    get, have, suffer, sustain
    undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
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