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verb [transitive] informal bust pronunciation in American English /bʌst/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebusting
past tensebusted or bust
past participlebusted or bust
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  1. 1
    to break or damage something very badly
    I busted my knee playing basketball.
    Thieves busted the lock and damaged the sliding door.
  2. 3
    American to give someone in the military a lower rank as a punishment
    He was busted to buck private.
  3. 4



    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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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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