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breakdown/ˈbreɪkˌdaʊn/noun
pluralbreakdowns
breakdown
/ˈbreɪkˌdaʊn/
noun
pluralbreakdowns
Learner's definition of BREAKDOWN  
: a failure of a machine to function : an occurrence in which a machine (such as a car) stops working
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[count]  : the failure of a relationship or of an effort to discuss something
   b  : a failure that prevents a system from working properly
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[count]  : a sudden failure of mental or physical health that makes someone unable to live normally
— see also nervous breakdown
: the process or result of showing the different parts of something in order to understand it more clearly
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[noncount]  : the process or result of separating a substance into simpler parts
— see also break down at 1break
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