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verb [transitive] informal bust pronunciation in American English /bʌst/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theybust
he/she/itbusts
present participlebusting
past tensebusted or bust
past participlebusted or bust
  1. 1
    to break or damage something very badly

    I busted my knee playing basketball.

    Thieves busted the lock and damaged the sliding door.

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  2. 3
    American to give someone in the military a lower rank as a punishment

    He was busted to buck private.

  3. 4

    bust

    or

    bust up

    to stop an activity or organization from continuing to happen or exist

    Businessmen hired mobsters to bust the unions.

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