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- IPA (key): /ˈbreɪkdaʊn/
Audio (RP) (file)
- Hyphenation: break‧down
- (countable) A breakdown is when something has failed, usually having to do with a machine of some sort.
- The car they were driving had a breakdown when the engine stopped working.
- (countable) A breakdown is when someone's state of mind has fallen apart or lapsed.
- (countable) A breakdown of something is a list or a breaking up of something into categories in great detail.