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break down

break down

 
See:
break
part of speech: phrase
definition 1: to become ineffective or unable to function.
synonyms:
collapse, go to pieces
similar words:
act up, crack, crack up, fail, fold, founder, perish, rot, stall
definition 2: to classify or to reduce into smaller categories.
He broke the job down into separate tasks.
synonyms:
classify, reduce
similar words:
analyze, divide, resolve, subdivide