Break down - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbreɪk ˈdaʊn|
Brit.  |breɪk daʊn|  British pronunciation of the word break down

verb

- make ineffective(syn: crush)
- make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features (syn: analyse, analyze, dissect)
- lose control of one's emotions (syn: snap)
- stop operating or functioning (syn: break, die, fail, go)
- fall apart (syn: collapse, crumble, crumple, tumble)
- cause to fall or collapse
- separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts (syn: decompose)
- collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack (syn: collapse)

Examples

The prisoner's opposition broke down under repeated questioning.

You will break down if you work too hard.

Peace talks have broken down in the Middle East.

Peter broke down and wept when he saw the deer that he had shot.

Chemicals in the body break down our food into useful substances.

...the enamel of a human tooth will begin to break down when exposed to sugar for too long...

The figures break down into several kinds, showing us different ways of looking at the firm's activities.

Both plans broke down.

She suddenly broke down and cried.

Her car broke down.

The police broke the door down.

My health broke down.

The negotiations broke down.

Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination

It's ironic that computers break down so often, since they're meant to save people time.

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