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breakup Syllabification: break·up
Pronunciation: /ˈbrākˌəp/

Definition of breakup in English:


1An end to a relationship, typically a marriage.
Example sentences
  • 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
1.1A division of a country or organization into smaller autonomous units: the breakup of the two states constituting Czechoslovakia
1.2A physical disintegration of something: large quantities of oil are released after the breakup of a tanker the spring breakup of the ice
More example sentences
  • It is spring breakup, a time when the bush roads turn into a sea of mud, and forest operations grind to a halt.
  • Shortly after the breakup of ice, Murie and his guides started north again by canoe.
  • Most polar bears can handle a single season of early ice breakup, the authors write.
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