- 1 to separate into smaller pieces The ship broke up on the rocks.
- 2 to come to an end Their marriage has broken up. related noun break-up See related entries: Separation
- 3to go away in different directions The meeting broke up at eleven o'clock.
- 4(especially British English) to begin the holidays when school closes at the end of a term When do you break up for Christmas?
- 5(British English) to become very weak He was breaking up under the strain.
- 6(North American English) to laugh very hard Woody Allen makes me just break up.
- 7when a person who is talking on a mobile/cell phone breaks up, you can no longer hear them clearly because the signal has been interrupted
(especially North American English) to make somebody feel upset The thought of hurting her just breaks me up.
- 1 to make something separate into smaller pieces; to divide something into smaller parts The ship was broken up for scrap metal. Sentences can be broken up into clauses.
- 2to end a relationship, a company, etc. They decided to break up the partnership. related noun break-up
- 3to make people leave something or stop doing something, especially by using force Police were called in to break up the fight.