breakdownnounuk us /ˈbreɪk.daʊn/
breakdown noun (FAILURE)
- The breakdown in negotiations will be seen as a step backwards.
- Some children were well brought up, despite family breakdown, he admitted.
- An immediate effect of the war was a breakdown of law and order.
- He warned that the breakdown of the family unit would lead to an impoverished society.
- the trauma of marriage breakdown
breakdown noun (DIVISION)