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break up

Meaning: If you break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend, you end your relationship with him or her.

Synonym: split up

For example:

  • break up Sayoko and Hiroko seem to be fighting a lot lately, so I think they might break up soon.

  • break up with sb I broke up with my first boyfriend after I found out he was seeing someone else.

Quick Quiz:

Breaking up with someone is nearly always
  1. an enjoyable experience
  2. a beautiful experience
  3. a painful experience

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