See also: breakdown
- (intransitive) To stop functioning. (machine, computer, vehicle)
- I am afraid my computer will break down if I try to run it at too high a speed.
- (intransitive) To collapse, physically or in structure. (unexpectedly)
- (intransitive) To demolish, to pull down. (intentionally)
- (intransitive) To cease to function. (others)
- (intransitive) To fail, especially socially or for political reasons.
- Talks broke down between Prime Minister John Doe and the opposition party.
- Relations broke down between Greece and Turkey.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) To give in, relent, concede, or surrender.
- Is it worth taking it to a repair shop, or should I just break down and buy a new one?
- (ergative, figuratively) To render or to become unstable due to stress, to collapse physically or mentally.
- She is back to work now, after she broke down the other day.
- (ergative, figuratively) To render or to become weak and ineffective.
- His authority and influence over his coordinates broke down gradually.
- 2012 June 2, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Belgium”, in BBC Sport:
- Hodgson's approach may not illuminate proceedings in Poland and Ukraine but early evidence suggests they will be tough to break down.
- (ergative) To (cause to) decay, to decompose.
- Leaves and grass will break down into compost faster if you keep them moist.
- (ergative, figuratively) To divide into parts to give more details, to provide a more indepth analysis of.
- If you don't understand, ask him to break down the numbers for you.
- (ergative) To digest.
- His stomach took a while to break down his food.
(computer) to stop functioning
to collapse unexpectedly, physically or in structure
to cease to function; (others than above)
to become unstable or collapse, mentally or otherwise
to become weak and ineffective
to divide into parts for analysis
- Misspelling of .