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English definition of “breakdown”

breakdown

noun     /ˈbreɪkdaʊn/
[C or U] a failure to work correctly or to be successful : The city is losing millions of dollars in lost productivity because of all of the mechanical breakdowns and system failures . Each side blamed the other for the breakdown of the negotiations .breakdown in sth There has been a breakdown in communication between management and staff .
( US also breakout) a division of something into its parts , so that you can see all the details : I asked for a full breakdown of the costs involved in setting up a new website .
(Definition of breakdown noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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