1) N-COUNT: usu N of n, n N The break-up of a marriage, relationship, or association is the act of it finishing or coming to an end because the people involved decide that it is not working successfully.

Since the break-up of his marriage he had not formed any new relationships.

...the acrimonious break-up of the meeting's first session.

...a marital break-up.

2) N-COUNT: usu N of n The break-up of an organization or a country is the act of it separating or dividing into several parts.

...the break-up of British Rail for privatisation...

At no time did a majority of Czechoslavakia's citizens support the country's break-up.

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