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Definition 1: collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack - [verb of body]

Synonyms for break down in the sense of this definition

(break down is a kind of ...) undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)

"She suffered a fracture in the accident" "He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars" "She got a bruise on her leg" "He got his arm broken in the scuffle"

(... is a kind of break down ) rapidly collapse, die, or drop out in large numbers

"the contestants dropped like flies when the thermometer hit one hundred degrees"

(... is a kind of break down ) fall forward and down

"The old woman went over without a sound"

Definition 2: stop operating or functioning - [verb of change]

Samples where break down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The engine finally went
  • The car died on the road
  • The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town
  • The coffee maker broke
  • The engine failed on the way to town
  • her eyesight went after the accident

Synonyms for break down in the sense of this definition

(break down is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of break down ) stop operating

"My computer crashed last night" "The system goes down at least once a week"

(... is a kind of break down ) melt, break, or become otherwise unusable

"The lightbulbs blew out" "The fuse blew"

(... is a kind of break down ) fail to fire or detonate

"The guns misfired"

(... is a kind of break down ) fail to function or function improperly

"the coffee maker malfunctioned"

(break down has a similar meaning as ...) render inoperable or ineffective

"You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"

(break down has a similar meaning as ...) pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

"She died from cancer" "The children perished in the fire" "The patient went peacefully" "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"

Definition 3: separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts - [verb of change]

Synonyms for break down in the sense of this definition

(break down is a kind of ...) divide into components or constituents

"Separate the wheat from the chaff"

(... is a kind of break down ) soften or disintegrate by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture

(... is a kind of break down ) to undergo a reversible or temporary breakdown of a molecule into simpler molecules or atoms

"acids dissociate to give hydrogen ions"

(... is a kind of break down ) reduce (petroleum) to a simpler compound by cracking

(break down belongs to category ...) the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions

Definition 4: make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features - [verb of cognition]

Samples where break down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • analyze a specimen
  • analyze a sentence
  • analyze a chemical compound

Synonyms for break down in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of break down ) analyze syntactically by assigning a constituent structure to (a sentence)

(... is a kind of break down ) collect and study plants

Definition 5: make ineffective - [verb of competition]

Samples where break down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination

Synonyms for break down in the sense of this definition

(break down is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

Definition 6: cause to fall or collapse - [verb of contact]

(break down is a kind of ...) ruin completely

"He busted my radio!"

(break down causes ...) fall apart

"the building crumbled after the explosion" "Negotiations broke down"

Definition 7: lose control of one's emotions - [verb of emotion]

Samples where break down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • When she heard that she had not passed the exam, she lost it completely
  • When her baby died, she snapped

Synonyms for break down in the sense of this definition

(break down is a kind of ...) behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

"You should act like an adult" "Don't behave like a fool" "What makes her do this way?" "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"

(... is a kind of break down ) lose control emotionally

"She dissolved into tears when she heard that she had lost all her savings in the pyramid scheme"

(... is a kind of break down ) be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame

"I was dying with embarrassment when my little lie was discovered" "We almost died laughing during the show"

(... is a kind of break down ) lose one's emotional or mental composure

"She fell apart when her only child died"

Definition 8: fall apart - [verb of motion]

Samples where break down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the building crumbled after the explosion
  • Negotiations broke down

Synonyms for break down in the sense of this definition

(break down is a kind of ...) change in physical make-up

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