Student Thesaurus

One entry found for break down.
Entry Word: break down
Function: verb
Text: 1 to arrange or assign according to type <when presented with the pile of files, the first thing he did was to break them down by month, order within the month, and region> -- see CLASSIFY 1
2 to go through decomposition <the enamel of a human tooth will begin to break down when exposed to sugar for too long> -- see DECAY 1
3 to identify and examine the basic elements or parts of (something) especially for discovering interrelationships <if we break the problem down into what appear to be three aspects of it, we'll have a better chance of solving it> -- see ANALYZE
4 to stop functioning <the computer finally broke down and had to be replaced> -- see FAIL 1
5 to yield to mental or emotional stress <Martin began to break down when he realized that he had no more money left in his bank account> -- see CRACK 2