Dictionary Results for break_down

1. break_down - verb

· make ineffective; "Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination"

Synonym(s): crush

Hypernym(s): change, alter, modify

2. break_down - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): analyze, analyse, dissect, take_apart

3. break_down - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): lose_it, snap

Hypernym(s): act, behave, do

4. break_down - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): fail, go_bad, give_way, die, give_out, conk_out, go, break

Hypernym(s): change

5. break_down - verb

· fall apart; "the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down"

Synonym(s): crumble, crumple, tumble, collapse

Hypernym(s): change_integrity

6. break_down - verb

· cause to fall or collapse

Hypernym(s): break, bust

7. break_down - verb

· separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts

Synonym(s): decompose, break_up

Hypernym(s): separate

8. break_down - verb

· collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack

Synonym(s): collapse

Hypernym(s): suffer, sustain, have, get

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