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break down

 
See:
break
part of speech: phrase
definition 1: to become ineffective or unable to function.
My car broke down on the highway.
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 parts or categories.
He broke the job down into separate tasks.The theory will be easier to understand if you break it down.
synonyms:
classify, reduce
similar words:
analyze, divide, resolve, subdivide
definition 3: to reduce until destroyed.
The cleaning solution will break down the grease.Their captors tried to break down the morale of the prisoners.