- 1[transitive, intransitive] rupture (something/yourself) (medical) to burst or break apart something inside the body; to be broken or burst apart a ruptured appendix He ruptured himself (= got a hernia ) trying to lift the piano.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] rupture (something) to make something such as a container or a pipe break or burst; to be broken or burst The impact ruptured both fuel tanks. A pipe ruptured, leaking water all over the house.
- 3[transitive] rupture something to make an agreement or good relations between people or countries end the risk of rupturing North-South relations
NAmE//ˈrʌptʃər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rupture
he / she / it ruptures
past simple ruptured
-ing form rupturing