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ruptureverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈrʌp.tʃər/  us   /-tʃɚ/
to (​cause something to) ​explode, ​break, or ​tear: His ​appendix ruptured and he had to be ​rushed to ​hospital.figurative This ​news has ruptured (= ​violentlyended) the ​delicatepeace between the ​rivalgroups.rupture yourself If you rupture yourself, you ​breakapart the ​wall of ​muscle that ​keepsyourstomach and ​yourbowels in ​place, usually by ​lifting something too ​heavy.

rupturenoun [C]

uk   /ˈrʌp.tʃər/  us   /-tʃɚ/
an ​occasion when something ​explodes, ​breaks, or ​tears: a rupture of the ​pipelinefigurative a rupture (= an end to a ​friendlyrelationship) between the ​families a ​medicalcondition in which the ​wall of ​muscleholding the ​stomach and ​bowels in ​place inside the ​body is ​brokenapart: You're going to give yourself a rupture if you ​lift that.
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(Definition of rupture from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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ruptureverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈrʌp·tʃər/
to ​burst or ​break, or to ​cause something to ​burst or ​break: [I] High ​winds caused the ​oiltank to rupture.
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noun [C]  us   /ˈrʌp·tʃər/
There is a rupture in ​confidence in ​government.
(Definition of rupture from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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