Break-down

  • 1 break down — {v.} (stress on down ) 1. To smash or hit (something) so that it falls; cause to fall by force. * /The firemen broke down the door./ 2. To reduce or destroy the strength or effect of; weaken; win over. * /By helpful kindness the teacher broke… …

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  • 2 break down — {v.} (stress on down ) 1. To smash or hit (something) so that it falls; cause to fall by force. * /The firemen broke down the door./ 2. To reduce or destroy the strength or effect of; weaken; win over. * /By helpful kindness the teacher broke… …

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  • 3 break down — (something) 1. to divide something into smaller parts. The quickest way to get this job done is to break it down into a number of specific steps. 2. to cause something to weaken or decay. Temperatures were high enough to break down the chemicals …

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  • 4 break down — (someone) 1. to cause someone to become emotional. Andy broke down and cried several times during his retirement speech. 2. to weaken someone. I felt so good, I felt like nothing could break me down or make me sick …

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  • 5 break-down — ● break down nom masculin invariable (anglais breakdown, effondrement) Synonyme de dépression nerveuse. ● break down (synonymes) nom masculin invariable (anglais breakdown, effondrement) Synonymes : dépression nerveuse …

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  • 6 break down — ► break down 1) suddenly cease to function or continue. 2) lose control of one s emotions when in distress. Main Entry: ↑break …

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  • 7 break|down — «BRAYK DOWN», noun, adjective. –n. 1. a) failure to work: »Lack of oil caused a breakdown in the motor. b) failure; collapse: »... the breakdown of the old regime (Edmund Wilson). 2. loss of health; w …

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  • 8 break down — index classify, codify, damage, decay, erode, overcome (overwhelm), pigeonhole, stall …

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  • 9 break down — ( )brāk dau̇n vt to separate (as a chemical compound) into simpler substances: DECOMPOSE vi 1) to stop functioning because of breakage or wear 2) to undergo decomposition …

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  • 10 break down — *analyze, resolve, dissect Contrasted words: concatenate, articulate, *integrate …

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  • 11 break down — verb 1. make ineffective (Freq. 3) Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination • Syn: ↑crush • Derivationally related forms: ↑breakdown • Hypernyms: ↑change, ↑ …

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  • 12 break down — 1) PHRASAL VERB If a machine or a vehicle breaks down, it stops working. [V P] Their car broke down. 2) PHRASAL VERB If a discussion, relationship, or system breaks down, it fails because of a problem or disagreement. [V P] Talks with business… …

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  • 13 break down — phrasal verb Word forms break down : present tense I/you/we/they break down he/she/it breaks down present participle breaking down past tense broke down past participle broken down 1) [intransitive] if a machine or vehicle breaks down, it stops… …

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  • 14 break down — v. 1) (D; intr., tr.) to break down into (to break down a substance into its components) 2) (misc.) to break down in tears * * * [ breɪk daʊn] (misc.) to break down in tears (D; intr., tr.) to break down into (to break down a substance into its… …

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  • 15 break down — UK US break down Phrasal Verb with break({{}}/breɪk/ verb [T] (broke, broken) ► [I or T] to separate, or to separate something, into smaller parts: »Can you break down our expenses by month and by region? »The data breaks down into three main… …

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  • 16 break down — verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to cause to fall or collapse by breaking or shattering b. to make ineffective < break down legal barriers > 2. a. to divide into parts or categories b. to …

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  • 17 break\ down — v (stress on down ) 1. To smash or hit (smth) so that it falls; cause to fall by force. The firemen broke down the door. 2. To reduce or destroy the strength or effect of; weaken; win over. By helpful kindness the teacher broke down the new boy s …

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  • 18 break·down — /ˈbreıkˌdaʊn/ noun, pl downs 1 : a failure of a machine to function : an occurrence in which a machine (such as a car) stops working [count] We had a breakdown on the highway. [=our car broke down on the highway; our car stopped working on the… …

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  • 19 break down — verb a) to fail I am afraid my computer will break down if I try to run it at too high a speed. b) to become unstable, mentally or otherwise. She is back to work now, after her break down …

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  • 20 break down — phr verb Break down is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑acid, ↑car, ↑communication, ↑consensus, ↑engine, ↑heating, ↑machine, ↑marriage, ↑negotiation, ↑relationship, ↑system, ↑ …

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