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break down
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  • collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
  • separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
  • cause to fall or collapse
  • fall apart
    • the building crumbled after the explosion
    • Negotiations broke down
  • stop operating or functioning
    • 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
  • lose control of one's emotions
    • When she heard that she had not passed the exam, she lost it completely
    • When her baby died, she snapped
  • make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features
    • analyze a specimen
    • analyze a sentence
    • analyze a chemical compound
  • make ineffective
    • Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination
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