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    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 Definition
    (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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