Synonyms of break down


1. dislocation, breakdown, disruption, perturbation

usage: the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue; "the social dislocations resulting from government policies"; "his warning came after the breakdown of talks in London"

2. breakdown, crack-up, collapse, prostration

usage: a mental or physical breakdown

3. breakdown, equipment failure, failure

usage: a cessation of normal operation; "there was a power breakdown"

4. breakdown, partitioning, analysis, analytic thinking

usage: an analysis into mutually exclusive categories


1. break down, crush, change, alter, modify

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

2. analyze, analyse, break down, dissect, take apart

usage: 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"

3. break down, lose it, snap, act, behave, do

usage: 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"

4. fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down, change

usage: 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"

5. crumble, crumple, tumble, break down, collapse, change integrity

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

6. break down, break, bust

usage: cause to fall or collapse

7. decompose, break up, break down, separate

usage: separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts

8. break down, collapse, suffer, sustain, have, get

usage: collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack

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