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break down

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of break down

  1. 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 Synonyms of break down assort, classify, categorize, class, codify, compartment, compartmentalize, digest, distinguish, distribute, grade, group, peg, place, range, rank, relegate, separate, sort, typeWords Related to break down array, dispose, draw up, marshal (also marshall), order, organize, systematize; alphabetize, catalog (or catalogue), file, index, list, refer; pigeonhole, shelve; identify, recognize; cull, screen, set, sieve, sift, winnow; clump, cluster, colligate; recategorize, reclassify, regroup; subcategorizeNear Antonyms of break down confuse, disarrange, jumble, lump, mix (up), scramble; misclassify, missort, mistype

  2. 2 to go through decomposition the enamel of a human tooth will begin to break down when exposed to sugar for too long Synonyms of break down decay, corrupt, decompose, disintegrate, fester, foul, mold, molder, perish [chiefly British], putrefy, rot, spoilWords Related to break down sour, turn, turn off [British]; contaminate, defile, pollute, taint; addle, curdle, ferment; mortify; rust; crumble, decline, degenerate, descend, deteriorate, dilapidate, sink, witherNear Antonyms of break down age, develop, grow, mature, ripen; refresh, renew, restore; cleanse, purify; assemble, compose, integrate; ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate

  3. 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 Synonyms of break down anatomize, assay, analyze, cut, deconstruct, dissectWords Related to break down assess, diagnose, evaluate, examine, inspect, investigate, scrutinize; arrange, assort, catalog (or catalogue), categorize, classify, codify, diagram, enumerate, index, order, schematize, sort, tabulate; divide, reduce, segment, separate, subdivideNear Antonyms of break down agglomerate, aggregate, amalgamate, assimilate, coalesce, conglomerate, consolidate, integrate, synthesize, unify

  4. 4 to stop functioning the computer finally broke down and had to be replaced Synonyms of break down break, fail, conk (out), crash, cut out, die, give out, stallWords Related to break down fizzle, sputter, wheeze; act up, malfunction; jamAntonyms of break down start (up)

  5. 5 to yield to mental or emotional stress began to break down when he realized that he was on the verge of bankruptcy Synonyms of break down crack, break up, flip (out) [slang], freak (out), melt down, wig (out) [slang]Words Related to break down choke

  6. 6 to take apart the crew was breaking down the party tent when we arrived Synonyms of break down disassemble, demount, dismantle, dismember, dismount, knock down, strike, take downWords Related to break down detach, disengage; break up, disaggregate, disarticulate, disconnect, disjoin, disjoint, dissever, disunite, divide, separateNear Antonyms of break down build, erect, pitch; combine, uniteAntonyms of break down assemble, construct

  7. 7 to cause to break with violence and much noise firefighters had to break down the wall to rescue the kitten Synonyms of break down smash, crash, shatterWords Related to break down bust, fracture, fragment; annihilate, bash, decimate, demolish, desolate, destroy, devastate, nuke, pulverize, ruin, tear down, total, vaporize, waste, wrack, wreck; shiver, splinter, split; crack, crunch, crush, snap

Synonym Discussion of break down

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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