Thesaurus

broken-down

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of broken-down

(Entry 1 of 2)

in a bad or weak condition because of being old, not well cared for, etc.
  • A broken-down car was blocking one of the lanes of the road.
  • His body was now broken-down after many years of hard living.

Synonyms & Near Synonyms for broken-down

Antonyms & Near Antonyms for broken-down

broken down

verb
past participle of break down

Synonyms & Antonyms of broken down (Entry 2 of 2)

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 for broken down

Words Related to broken down

Near Antonyms for broken down

2 to go through decomposition
  • the enamel of a human tooth will begin to break down when exposed to sugar for too long

Synonyms for broken down

Words Related to broken down

Phrases Synonymous with broken down

Near Antonyms for broken down

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 for broken down

Words Related to broken down

Near Antonyms for broken down

4 to stop functioning
  • the computer finally broke down and had to be replaced

Synonyms for broken down

Words Related to broken down

Antonyms for broken down

5 to yield to mental or emotional stress
  • began to break down when he realized that he was on the verge of bankruptcy

Synonyms for broken down

Words Related to broken down

Phrases Synonymous with broken down

6 to take apart
  • the crew was breaking down the party tent when we arrived

Synonyms for broken down

Words Related to broken down

Near Antonyms for broken down

Antonyms for broken down

7 to cause to break with violence and much noise
  • firefighters had to break down the wall to rescue the kitten

Synonyms for broken down

Words Related to broken down

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About broken-down

Time Traveler for broken-down

Time Traveler

The first known use of broken-down was in 1727

See more words from the same year

Thesaurus Entries Near broken-down

broken bread

broken-down

broken down

See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Broken-down.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/broken-down. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!