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breakdown

noun uk   us   /ˈbreɪk.daʊn/

breakdown noun (FAILURE)

B2 [C] a failure to work or be successful: I had a breakdown (= my car stopped working) in the middle of the road. Both sides blamed each other for the breakdown of talks.
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breakdown noun (DIVISION)

C2 [C or U] a division of something into smaller parts: We asked for a breakdown of the accident figures into day time and night time. The rate of breakdown of muscle protein was assessed.

breakdown noun (ILLNESS)

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