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present tense
I/you/we/theybreak up
he/she/itbreaks up
present participlebreaking up
past tensebroke up
past participlebroken up
  1. 1
    [transitive] to break something to make smaller pieces

    Break the chocolate up into squares.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] if something breaks up, it breaks into smaller pieces

      The airplane broke up in midair.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if a relationship breaks up, it ends

    The marriage broke up just a few years later.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if two people break up, they end their relationship
      break up with:

      He’s just broken up with his girlfriend.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if a meeting or other event breaks up, or if you break it up, it ends and the people leave

    The talks didn’t break up until after midnight.

    Sorry to break up the party, but I have to go.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to stop a fight

    Campus police were called in to break up the rioters.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] if the sound on a radio or cell phone breaks up, you can no longer hear the person who is speaking on it

    I can’t hear you, you’re breaking up.

  6. 6
    [transitive] to divide a large area or a period of time into smaller parts so that it does not seem so big or long

    I usually go for a walk around three o’clock to break up the afternoon.

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