Definition of breakup in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrākˌəp/


1The separation or breaking up of something into several pieces or sections: the breakup of the Ottoman Empire large quantities of oil are released after the breakup of a tanker
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  • The break-up of London bus workers into separate companies has led to huge differences in the earnings of drivers across the capital.
  • In that year, however, the break-up of the USSR implied the break-up of the forces.
1.1The end of a relationship: a marriage breakup
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  • Family Mediation Services helps families through the trauma of marriage and relationship break-ups.
  • For a start, marriage break-ups are on the increase, which often results in people taking on a mortgage later in life.
  • The organisation is running adverts in the farming press this week urging people to contact them to talk about their concerns regarding relationship break-ups.
end, dissolution;
breakdown, failure, collapse, disintegration
separation, split, parting, divorce;
informal splitsville

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Syllabification: break·up

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