break apart

break apart
1. take apart into its constituent pieces
Syn: ↑disassemble, ↑dismantle, ↑take apart, ↑break up
Ant: ↑assemble (for: ↑disassemble)
Derivationally related forms: ↑dismantlement (for: ↑dismantle), ↑dismantling (for: ↑dismantle)
Hypernyms: ↑destroy, ↑destruct
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

2. break violently or noisily; smash
Syn: ↑crash, ↑break up
Hypernyms: ↑disintegrate
Verb Group: ↑crash
Verb Frames:

Something ——s


Something is ——ing PP

3. break up or separate

The country is disunifying


Yugoslavia broke apart after 1989

Syn: ↑disunify
Ant: ↑unify (for: ↑disunify)
Hypernyms: ↑separate, ↑part, ↑split up, ↑split, ↑break, ↑break up
Verb Frames:

Something ——s

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  • break asunder — smash into pieces, break apart …   English contemporary dictionary

  • break — [brāk] vt. broke, broken, breaking [ME breken < OE brecan < IE base * bhreg > BREACH, BREECH, Ger brechen, L frangere] 1. to cause to come apart by force; split or crack sharply into pieces; smash; burst 2. a) …   English World dictionary

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  • break — / brāk/ vb broke / brōk/, bro·ken, / brō kən/, break·ing, / brā kiŋ/ vt 1 a: violate transgress break the law …   Law dictionary

  • Break — (br[=a]k), v. t. [imp. {broke} (br[=o]k), (Obs. {Brake}); p. p. {Broken} (br[=o] k n), (Obs. {Broke}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Breaking}.] [OE. breken, AS. brecan; akin to OS. brekan, D. breken, OHG. brehhan, G. brechen, Icel. braka to creak, Sw. braka …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Break — (br[=a]k), v. i. 1. To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder. [1913 Webster] 2. To open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a bubble, a tumor, a seed vessel, a bag …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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