breakdown

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noun break·down \ˈbrāk-ˌdau̇n\

Definition of breakdown

  1. 1 :  the action or result of breaking down: such asa :  a failure to function preventing a breakdown of the health-care systemb :  failure to progress or have effect :  disintegration a breakdown of negotiationsc medicine :  a complete loss of physical, mental, or emotional vitality :  a physical, mental, or nervous collapsed :  the process of decomposing the breakdown of water into hydrogen and oxygen cellular breakdowne :  division into categories a statistical breakdown of data :  classification; also :  an account analyzed into categories a budget breakdown

  2. 2 :  a fast shuffling dance; also :  music for such a dance

Examples of breakdown in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of breakdown

1827



BREAKDOWN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of breakdown for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BREAKDOWN Defined for Kids

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noun break·down \ˈbrāk-ˌdau̇n\

Definition of breakdown for Students

  1. 1 :  a failure to function properly

  2. 2 :  a sudden failure of mental or physical health


Medical Dictionary

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noun break·down \ˈbrāk-ˌdau̇n\

Medical Definition of breakdown

  1. :  the action or result of breaking down: asa:  a failure to functionb:  a physical, mental, or nervous collapsec:  the process of decomposing breakdown of food during digestion


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breakdown

adjective break·down

Medical Definition of breakdown

  1. :  obtained or resulting from disintegration or decomposition of a substance a breakdown product of purine



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