What is the opposite word of the word "to meet (up)" in the sense in the example sentence below.

We met up, as we arranged, at 2 pm at the cafe and after about one hour-long chat ....... near the central metro station.

I think we can use the word "to split (up)" but it sounds to me it can be used more like when somebody breaks up with her girlfriend/boyfriend.

Thank you

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    In American English, we parted near the central metro station.
    – Adam
    Jan 7, 2015 at 21:44
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    You can also use split up if context makes it very clear that you are not talking about a break-up.
    – Adam
    Jan 7, 2015 at 21:45
  • @Adam Thank you for your answer.Can we use the verb " to part " for friends like from college or work who probably we see again them some time maybe tomorrow. I mean it does not imply we will not see each other for long time, do it?
    – Mrt
    Jan 7, 2015 at 21:54
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    @Murat Yes, you can. "We met up, as arranged, at 2PM at the cafe, and after an hour-long chat we parted near the central metro station." Jan 8, 2015 at 3:29

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One of the safe verbs is 'parted'. And after meeting with friends, 'parted' is the commonly used verb I have observed.

WordWebOnline typically addresses your concern with a similar concept.

parted - Go one's own way; move apart

The example follows: "The friends parted after the party"


The verb "leave" also means to go away from a person or a place (0LD).

I think this is more common and appropriate verb that can be used here. Alternatively, as mentioned by Maulik, we can use "part". ".........after about an hour-long chat left near the Central Metro Station".

  • colloquially, leave means break up as well. Do you know John left Maria and she was crying a lot! Just to add! :)
    – Maulik V
    Jan 8, 2015 at 12:20
  • @Maulik, it's one of the meanings of leave, used as a transitive verb, whereas I am using it as an intransitive verb. Part also conveys the same meaning as you have mentioned here, when used intransitively. The couple parted amicably.
    – Khan
    Jan 8, 2015 at 13:10
  • Maulik, I want to say that leave is used in different senses and part is also used in different senses. I don't disagree to your comment.
    – Khan
    Jan 8, 2015 at 14:40

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