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breakdown

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1 a mental or nervous collapse
  • If you don't ease your workload, you're going to have a breakdown.
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2 the process by which dead organic matter separates into simpler substances
  • Turning the compost pile helps speed the breakdown.
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break down

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1 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.
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2 to go through decomposition
  • The enamel of a human tooth will begin to break down when exposed to sugar for too long.
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fall apart, go to seed (or run to seed)

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3 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.
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4 to stop functioning
  • The computer finally broke down and had to be replaced.
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5 to yield to mental or emotional stress
  • began to break down when he realized that he was on the verge of bankruptcy
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blow one's cool, fall apart, go off the deep end, go to pieces, lose it

6 to take apart
  • The crew was breaking down the party tent when we arrived.
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7 to cause to break with violence and much noise
  • Firefighters had to break down the wall to rescue the kitten.
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analyze, dissect, break down mean to divide a complex whole into its parts or elements. analyze suggests separating or distinguishing the component parts of something (such as a substance, a process, a situation) so as to discover its true nature or inner relationships.
    • analyzed the collected data
dissect suggests a searching analysis by laying bare parts or pieces for individual scrutiny.
    • commentators dissected every word of the speech
break down implies a reducing to simpler parts or divisions.
    • break down the budget

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