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breaks down

verb
present tense third-person singular of 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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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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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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“Breaks down.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/breaks%20down. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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