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English Dictionary: break down by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
break down
  1. make ineffective; "Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination"
    Synonym(s): break down, crush
  2. make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features; "analyze a specimen"; "analyze a sentence"; "analyze a chemical compound"
    Synonym(s): analyze, analyse, break down, dissect, take apart
    Antonym(s): synthesise, synthesize
  3. lose control of one's emotions; "When she heard that she had not passed the exam, she lost it completely"; "When her baby died, she snapped"
    Synonym(s): break down, lose it, snap
  4. stop operating or functioning; "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"
    Synonym(s): fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down
  5. fall apart; "the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down"
    Synonym(s): crumble, crumple, tumble, break down, collapse
  6. cause to fall or collapse
  7. separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
    Synonym(s): decompose, break up, break down
  8. collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
    Synonym(s): break down, collapse
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