Breakup - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbreɪkˌʌp|  American pronunciation of the word breakup
Brit.  |ˈbreɪˌkəp|


- the termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations) (syn: dissolution)
- coming apart (syn: detachment, separation)


Money problems often lead to marital breakups.

She's just gone through a bad breakup with her boyfriend.

He began drinking heavily following the breakup of his marriage.

a couple heading for marital breakup

What caused the breakup of the Roman Empire?

the breakup of an asteroid as it hits the Earth's atmosphere

The breakup of the cold weather soon followed.

...she regards anyone who would cause the breakup of a family as a malefactor of the worst sort...

Word forms

singular: breakup
plural: breakups
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