break down

break down

  1. (intransitive) To fail, to cease to function.
    I am afraid my computer will break down if I try to run it at too high a speed.
    Talks broke down between Prime Minister John Doe and the opposition party.
    Relations broke down between Greece and Turkey.
  2. (ergative, figuratively) To render or to become unstable due to stress, to collapse physically or mentally.
    She is back to work now, after she broke down the other day.
  3. (ergative, figuratively) To render or to become weak and ineffective.
    His authority and influence over his coordinates broke down gradually.
  4. (ergative) To (cause to) decay, to decompose.
    Leaves and grass will break down into compost faster if you keep them moist.
  5. (ergative, figuratively) To divide into parts to give more details, to provide a more indepth analysis of.
    If you don't understand, ask him to break down the numbers for you.
  6. (ergative) To digest.
    His stomach took a while to break down his food.
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break down (plural break downs)

  1. Misspelling of breakdown

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