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Definition of rupture verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rupture
    he / she / it ruptures
    past simple ruptured
    -ing form rupturing
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  1. 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. 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. 3[transitive] rupture something to make an agreement or good relations between people or countries end the risk of rupturing North-South relations
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