Meaning of “break up (something)” in the English Dictionary

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break up (something)

phrasal verb with break us /breɪk/ verb


to divide something into smaller pieces or separate parts:

The company has been totally broken up.
The ship broke up on the reef.
We’re breaking up our trip by stopping for a few days in Singapore.

break up (something)

phrasal verb with break us /breɪk/ verb


to end or cause something to end, esp. a personal or business relationship:

The meeting didn’t break up until about two a.m.
Regional phone companies were created when the government broke up the nationwide monopoly.

(Definition of “break up (something)” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)