Synonyms and Antonyms of breakdown

  1. 1 a mental or nervous collapse if you don't ease your workload, you're going to have a breakdown Synonyms crack-up, nervous breakdown, tailspin Related Words frazzle, freak-out, meltdown; alarm (also alarum), anxiety, apprehension, disquiet; excitability, nervousness; disturbance; agitation, discomposure, perturbation; basket case Near Antonyms aplomb, calmness, composure, coolness, imperturbability, placidity, self-possession, sereneness, serenity, tranquillity (or tranquility), tranquilness

  2. 2 the process by which dead organic matter separates into simpler substances the breakdown of the body was arrested by the embalming process Synonyms corruption, decay, decomposition, festering, putrefaction, putrescence, rot, spoilageRelated Words crumbling, disintegration, dissolution; curdling, fermentation, moldering, souringNear Antonyms growth, maturation, ripening

  3. 3 the separation and identification of the parts of a whole a demographic breakdown revealed that the ethnic composition of the area had changed significantly since the last census Synonyms anatomizing, anatomy, assay, analysis, deconstruction, dissectionRelated Words assessment, diagnosis, evaluation, examination, inspection, investigation, muster, scrutiny; arrangement, assortment, cataloging (or cataloguing), categorization, classification, codification, indexing; enumeration, inventory, itemization, tabulation; division, reduction, segmentation, separation, subdivisionNear Antonyms agglomeration, aggregation, amalgamation, assimilation, coalescence, conglomeration, consolidation, integration, synthesis, unification

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