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breakdown

noun break·down \ˈbrāk-ˌdan\

: a failure of a machine to function : an occurrence in which a machine (such as a car) stops working

: the failure of a relationship or of an effort to discuss something

: a failure that prevents a system from working properly

Full Definition of BREAKDOWN

1
:  the action or result of breaking down: as
a :  a failure to function
b :  failure to progress or have effect :  disintegration <a breakdown of negotiations>
c :  a physical, mental, or nervous collapse
d :  the process of decomposing
e :  division into categories :  classification; also :  an account analyzed into categories
2
:  a fast shuffling dance; also :  music for such a dance

Examples of BREAKDOWN

  1. The factory has had frequent equipment breakdowns.
  2. Both sides are to blame for the breakdown in communication.
  3. The irretrievable breakdown of a marriage can be grounds for divorce.
  4. trying to prevent a breakdown of the health-care system
  5. trying to prevent breakdown of the health-care system
  6. He suffered a breakdown after his wife died.

First Known Use of BREAKDOWN

1827

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BREAKDOWN Defined for Kids

breakdown

noun break·down \ˈbrāk-ˌdan\

Definition of BREAKDOWN for Kids

1
:  a failure to function properly
2
:  a sudden failure of mental or physical health

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rigorous, strict, or severe
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