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break down

phrasal verb with break uk   /breɪk/ us   /breɪk/ verb broke, broken
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break down

phrasal verb with break us   /breɪk/ verb
  • (STOP WORKING)

to stop working or not be successful: Our car broke down on the thruway.

break down

phrasal verb with break us   /breɪk/ verb
  • (BECOME UPSET)

to become very upset: The girl broke down and cried when she got a bad grade.
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"break down" in Business English

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break down

phrasal verb with break uk   /breɪk/ us   verb [T] broke, broken
[I or T] to separate, or to separate something, into smaller parts: Can you break down our expenses by month and by region? The data breaks down into three main categories.
[I] if a machine or vehicle breaks down, it stops working: Production has been slow because the equipment keeps breaking down.
[I] if a system, relationship, or discussion breaks down, it fails because there is a problem or disagreement: Negotiations with management broke down.
(Definition of break down from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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