1. [ verb ] to cause to separate and go in different directions, of crowds, for example
Synonyms: scatter dissipate disperse dispel

"She waved her hand and scattered the crows."

Related terms: separate disband dispersion scatter scatter dissipation
2. [ verb ] discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
Synonyms: split part separate break split_up

"The business partners broke over a tax question" "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage" "My friend and I split up"

Related terms: secede disassociate dissassociate break_with divorce break give_the_axe disunify break separation dissolution rupture legal_separation
3. [ verb ] come apart

"the group broke up"

Related terms: separate disband separation
4. [ verb ] make a break in
Synonyms: interrupt cut_off disrupt

"We interrupt the program for the following messages"

Related terms: break pause stop cut interject take_off chime_in jam heckle burst_in_on put_away break punctuate gap
5. [ verb ] break violently or noisily; smash;
Synonyms: crash break_apart
Related terms: disintegrate crash
6. [ verb ] cause to go into a solution
Synonyms: dissolve resolve

"The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"

Related terms: change_integrity melt cut dissolution solvent dissolve
7. [ verb ] release ice; of icebergs or glaciers
Synonyms: calve
Related terms: separate
8. [ verb ] break or cause to break into pieces
Synonyms: fragmentize fragmentise fragment

"The plate fragmented" "I don't want to break up the group"

Related terms: break grate crush grind splinter sunder brecciate pound rag atomize crumb fragment shard atomization fragmentation fragmentation
9. [ verb ] attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example
Synonyms: pick

"Pick open the ice"

Related terms: pierce chop
10. [ verb ] set or keep apart
Synonyms: sever

"sever a relationship"

Related terms: separate sever
11. [ verb ] come to an end
Synonyms: dissolve

"Their marriage dissolved" "The tobacco monopoly broke up"

Related terms: end end
12. [ verb ] separate into constituent elements or parts, as of chemical substances
Synonyms: decompose break_down
Related terms: separate dissociate digest crack chemistry
13. [ verb ] destroy the completeness of a set of related items
Synonyms: break

"The book dealer would not break the set"

Related terms: change break
14. [ verb ] close at the end of a session
Synonyms: adjourn recess

"The court adjourned"

Related terms: terminate end respite
15. [ verb ] (medicine) suffer a nervous breakdown
Synonyms: crack_up collapse crock_up crack
Related terms: suffer collapse
16. [ verb ] take apart into its constituent pieces
Synonyms: disassemble take_apart break_apart dismantle
Related terms: assemble destroy dismantling
17. [ verb ] cause to separate
Synonyms: scatter disperse

"break up kidney stones" "disperse particles"

Related terms: change_integrity backscatter
18. [ verb ] bring the association of to an end or cause to break up
Synonyms: dissolve

"The decree officially dissolved the marriage" "the judge dissolved the tobacco company"

Related terms: end dismiss dissolution
19. [ verb ] laugh unrestrainedly
Synonyms: crack_up
Related terms: laugh
Similar spelling:   breakup