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Definitions of break down:
  • verb:   collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
  • verb:   make ineffective
    Example: "Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination"
  • verb:   cause to fall or collapse
  • verb:   lose control of one's emotions
  • verb:   make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features
  • verb:   separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
  • verb:   fall apart
  • verb:   stop operating or functioning

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