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  Definition of break down
  1. collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
  2. separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
  3. stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"
  4. make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features; "analyze a specimen"; "analyze a sentence"; "analyze a chemical compound"
  5. make ineffective; "Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination"
  6. cause to fall or collapse
  7. lose control of one''s emotions; "When she heard that she had not passed the exam, she lost it completely"; "When her baby died, she snapped"
  8. fall apart; "the building crimbled after the explosion"; "Negociations broke down"
Similar Words: collapse, decompose, break up, fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, analyze, analyse, dissect, take apart, crush, lose it, snap, crumble, crumple, tumble

 

Hyponyms: fall over, go over, digest, dissociate, crack, crash, go down, blow out, burn out, blow, misfire, malfunction, misfunction, parse, botanize, botanise, dissolve, die, fall apart, go to pieces

 

Grouped Verbs: die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass, break

 

Derivational Morphology: collapse, breakdown, crack-up, decomposition, decomposition reaction, equipment failure, failure, dissection, partitioning, analyzer, analyser, analyst, dislocation

 

Anagrams: breakdown

 

 
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