break down

Definitions of break down
  1. verb
    stop operating or functioning
    synonyms: break, conk out, die, fail, give out, give way, go, go bad
    render inoperable or ineffective
    buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it
    pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
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    crash, go down
    stop operating
    blow, blow out, burn out
    melt, break, or become otherwise unusable
    fail to fire or detonate
    malfunction, misfunction
    fail to function or function improperly
    get stuck and immobilized
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  2. verb
    fall apart
    “Negotiations broke down
    synonyms: collapse, crumble, crumple, tumble
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    change integrity
    change in physical make-up
  3. verb
    collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
    synonyms: collapse
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    drop like flies
    rapidly collapse, die, or drop out in large numbers
    fall over, go over
    fall forward and down
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    get, have, suffer, sustain
    undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
  4. verb
    cause to fall or collapse
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    break, bust
    ruin completely
  5. verb
    make ineffective
    synonyms: crush
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  6. verb
    lose control of one's emotions
    synonyms: lose it, snap
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    lose control emotionally
    be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame
    fall apart, go to pieces
    lose one's emotional or mental composure
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    act, behave, do
    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
  7. verb
    make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features
    synonyms: analyse, analyze, dissect, take apart
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    synthesise, synthesize
    combine so as to form a more complex product
    analyze syntactically by assigning a constituent structure to (a sentence)
    botanise, botanize
    collect and study plants
  8. verb
    separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
    synonyms: break up, decompose, degrade
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    soften or disintegrate by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture
    to undergo a reversible or temporary breakdown of a molecule into simpler molecules or atoms
    reduce (petroleum) to a simpler compound by cracking
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    divide into components or constituents
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