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break down

break down - Dictionary definition and meaning for word break down

(verb) make ineffective
Synonyms : crush
Example Sentence
  • Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination

(verb) make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features
Synonyms : analyse , analyze , dissect , take apart
Example Sentence
  • analyze a specimen
  • analyze a sentence
  • analyze a chemical compound

(verb) lose control of one's emotions
Synonyms : lose it , snap
Example Sentence
  • When she heard that she had not passed the exam, she lost it completely
  • When her baby died, she snapped

(verb) stop operating or functioning
Synonyms : break , conk out , die , fail , give out , give way , go , go bad
Example Sentence
  • 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

(verb) fall apart
Synonyms : collapse , crumble , crumple , tumble
Example Sentence
  • the building crumbled after the explosion
  • Negotiations broke down

(verb) cause to fall or collapse
(verb) separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
Synonyms : break up , decompose

(verb) collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
Synonyms : collapse

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