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English definition of “break down something”

break down something

(DIVIDE) phrasal verb with break    /breɪk/ verb
to divide something into smaller parts: It’s easier to handle the job if you break it down into several specific assignments.
(Definition of break down something (DIVIDE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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