break down


break down


Definition of BREAK DOWN

to arrange or assign according to type <when presented with the pile of files, the first thing he did was to break them down by month, order within the month, and region>
to go through decomposition <the enamel of a human tooth will begin to break down when exposed to sugar for too long>
to identify and examine the basic elements or parts of (something) especially for discovering interrelationships <if we break the problem down into what appear to be three aspects of it, we'll have a better chance of solving it>
to stop functioning <the computer finally broke down and had to be replaced>
Antonyms start (up)
to yield to mental or emotional stress <began to break down when he realized that he was on the verge of bankruptcy>
Synonyms break down, break up, flip (out) [slang], freak (out), melt down, wig (out) [slang]
Related Words choke
to take apart <the crew was breaking down the party tent when we arrived>
Near Antonyms build, erect, pitch; combine, unite
to cause to break with violence and much noise <firefighters had to break down the wall to rescue the kitten>

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