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English definition of “break-up”

break-up

noun [C]     /ˈbreɪkʌp/
END the end of a close relationship: He moved away after the break-up of his marriage.Ending relationships and divorceEnds and endings
SEPARATION the separation of a country, group, etc into several smaller partsSeparating and dividing
(Definition of break-up noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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