breakdown Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “breakdown” - English Dictionary

"breakdown" in American English

See all translations

breakdownnoun [C]

us   /ˈbreɪkˌdɑʊn/
  • breakdown noun [C] (FAILURE)

a mechanical failure, or a failure in a system or a relationship: There was evidently a breakdown in communication leading to the false report. Their car trip was a disaster – they had frequent breakdowns and never reached their destination.
  • breakdown noun [C] (DIVISION)

a division of information into parts that belong together: We need a breakdown of the statistics into age groups.
  • breakdown noun [C] (ANXIETY)

a condition in which you are unable to control thoughts or feelings that prevent you from living and working as you usually do: It's about a middle-aged New York cop who is having a nervous breakdown.
(Definition of breakdown from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"breakdown" in British English

See all translations

breakdownnoun

uk   /ˈbreɪk.daʊn/ us   /ˈbreɪk.daʊn/
(Definition of breakdown from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"breakdown" in Business English

See all translations

breakdownnoun

uk   /ˈbreɪkdaʊn/ us  
[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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of breakdown?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“breakdown” in Business English

Watching the detectorists
Watching the detectorists
by ,
May 31, 2016
by Colin McIntosh You could be forgiven for thinking that old-fashioned hobbies that don’t involve computers have fallen out of favour. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, the internet has made it easier for people with specialist hobbies from different corners of the world to come together to support one another

Read More 

Word of the Day

biodegrade

to decay naturally and in a way that is not harmful

Word of the Day

decision fatigue noun
decision fatigue noun
May 30, 2016
a decreased ability to make decisions as a result of having too many decisions to make Our brains have a finite number of decisions they can make before they get depleted and become less discerning – so this is called decision fatigue.

Read More