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English definition of “breakdown”

breakdown

noun uk   /ˈbreɪk.daʊn/ us  

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.
See also
FailuresAccidents and disastersHigher and lower points of achievement

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.Separating and dividing

breakdown noun (ILLNESS)

B2 [C] a nervous breakdownMental and psychiatric disorders
(Definition of breakdown from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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