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"break down" in British English

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break down

phrasal verb with break uk   us   /breɪk/ verb (broke, broken)
  • (MACHINE)

B2 If a ​machine or ​vehiclebreaks down, it ​stopsworking: Our ​carbroke down and we had to ​push it off the ​road.

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"break down" in American English

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break down

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

to ​stopworking 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 ​badgrade.
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"break down" in Business English

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break down

phrasal verb with break uk   us   /breɪk/ verb [T] (broke, broken)
[I or T] to ​separate, or to ​separate something, into ​smallerparts: Can you ​break down our ​expenses by month and by ​region? The ​databreaks down into three ​maincategories.
[I] if a ​machine or ​vehiclebreaks down, it ​stopsworking: Production has been ​slow because the ​equipmentkeepsbreaking down.
[I] if a ​system, ​relationship, or discussion ​breaks down, it ​fails because there is a problem or disagreement: Negotiations with ​managementbroke down.
(Definition of break down from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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