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break·up

 (brāk′ŭp′)
n.
1. The act or an instance of breaking up, as a division, dispersal, or disintegration.
2. The discontinuance of a relationship, as a marriage or a friendship.
3. The cracking and shifting of ice in rivers or harbors during the spring.
4. A loss of control or composure.

break•up

(ˈbreɪkˌʌp)

n.
1. disintegration; disruption; dispersal.
2. the ending of a personal, esp. a romantic, relationship.
3. the melting and loosening of ice in rivers and harbors during the early spring.
4. an instance of being convulsed with laughter.
[1785–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.breakup - the termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations)breakup - the termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations)
ending, termination, conclusion - the act of ending something; "the termination of the agreement"
splitsville - separation or breakup or divorce; "after 15 years together they are headed for splitsville"
invalidation, annulment - (law) a formal termination (of a relationship or a judicial proceeding etc)
2.breakup - coming apart
alteration, change, modification - an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"
falling out, severance, rupture, rift, breach, break - a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"
break - the occurrence of breaking; "the break in the dam threatened the valley"
Translations

breakup

n (romantic) ruptura, separación f
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