[ split-uhp ]
See synonyms for split-up on Thesaurus.com
  1. a splitting or separating into two or more parts.

  2. a separation or dissociation of two groups or people.

  1. Commerce. a process of reorganizing a corporate structure whereby all the capital stock and assets are exchanged for those of two or more newly established companies, resulting in the liquidation of the parent corporation.: Compare carveout (def. 1), spin-off (def. 1), split-off (def. 3).

Origin of split-up

First recorded in 1830–40; noun use of verb phrase split up

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How to use split-up in a sentence

  • They split up into rival factions, each one wanting to set up a government of its own.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • I've got them split up into shifts, along with a double of the chairman there, to cover the six machines.

    Nine Men in Time | Noel Miller Loomis
  • That was the day the band split up, the bulk of the warriors leaving to go to their different villages.

    A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
  • Now, when they came to split up his enterprises among his sons, one of 'em took the temple for a living.

    The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
  • Soon after this dispute with the house of commons the city reformers quarrelled amongst themselves, and the party was split up.

British Dictionary definitions for split up

split up

  1. (tr) to separate out into parts; divide

  2. (intr) to become separated or parted through disagreement: they split up after years of marriage

  1. to break down or be capable of being broken down into constituent parts: I have split up the question into three parts

  1. the act or an instance of separating

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