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break down

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Verb[change]

Plain form
break down

Third-person singular
breaks down

Past tense
broke down

Past participle
broke down

Present participle
breaking down

Plain form
break down

Third-person singular
breaks down

Past tense
broken down

Past participle
broken down

Present participle
breaking down

  1. (transitive) If something breaks down, it fails, usually having to do with a machine of some kind.
    As Betty was driving, her car broke down in the middle of the road.
  2. (transitive) If something living breaks down, it decays; it decomposes.
  3. (transitive) If someone breaks down, they become unstable, either in their mind or some other way.
  4. (transitive) If information or something else is broken down, it is given in great detail.

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