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English definition of “breakdown”

breakdown

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈbreɪkdaʊn/
ILLNESS (also nervous breakdown) B2 a short period of mental illness when people are too ill to continue with their normal lives: to have a breakdown Mental and psychiatric disorders
FAILURE the failure or end of something such as communication or a relationship: a breakdown in the peace talksFailing and doing badly
EXPLANATION a short explanation of the details of something: I need a breakdown of the costs involved.Defining and explaining
NOT WORKING B2 an occasion when a vehicle or machine stops working for a period of timeFailing and doing badly
(Definition of breakdown from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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