Definition of

Break Down

  1. (verb, body) collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
  2. (verb, change) separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
  3. (verb, change) stop operating or functioning
    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. (verb, cognition) make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features
    analyze a sentence
    analyze a chemical compound
  5. (verb, competition) make ineffective
  6. (verb, contact) cause to fall or collapse
  7. (verb, emotion) lose control of one's emotions
    When her baby died, she snapped
  8. (verb, motion) fall apart
    Negotiations broke down

via WordNet, Princeton University

Words that sound like Break Down

bifurcation, brachiation, brachychiton, brake system, brass section, breakdown, breakstone, brighten, brighton, brush down, burst in on

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