Bust - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bʌst|  American pronunciation of the word bust
Brit.  |bʌst|  British pronunciation of the word bust
irregular verb:  p.t. — bust or busted  p.p. — bust or busted


- a complete failure (syn: fizzle, flop)
- the chest of a woman
- a sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person
- an occasion for excessive eating or drinking(syn: binge, bout, tear)


- ruin completely(syn: break)
- search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on (syn: raid)
- separate or cause to separate abruptly (syn: rupture, snap, tear)
- go to pieces (syn: break, wear)
- break open or apart suddenly and forcefully (syn: burst)


- lacking funds (syn: broke, skint, stone-broke, stony-broke)


He busted his watch when he fell.

I think the camera is busted.

Police busted 12 gang members on weapons charges.

She got busted for drug possession.

Two students got busted by the teacher for smoking in the bathroom.

The reward consisted in three stone busts of Hermes.

At the age of ten I was a social bust.

They busted my watch.

Better not try to bust up his happy marriage.

They were busted for carrying guns.

They busted the apartment.

I bust my watch this morning.

Tony busted the door down.

He was busted by U.S. inspectors at the border.

Davis got busted for drugs.

Phrasal verbs

bust up  — smash or break forcefully

Word forms

I/you/we/they: bust
he/she/it: busts
present participle: busting
past tense: bust or busted
past participle: bust or busted
singular: bust
plural: busts
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