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Synonyms for breakdown

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  1. breakdownnoun


  2. breakdownnoun

    A failure, particularly mechanical; something that has failed

    We saw a breakdown by the side of the road.


  3. breakdownnoun

    A physical collapse or lapse of mental stability

    After so much stress, he suffered a breakdown and simply gave up.


  4. breakdownnoun

    Listing, division or categorization in great detail

    Looking at the breakdown of the budget, I see a few items we could cut.


  5. breakdownnoun

    Breaking of chemical bonds within a compound to produce simpler compounds or elements.


  6. breakdownnoun

    A musical technique, by where the music is stripped down, becoming simpler, and can vary in heaviness depending on the genre


  7. breakdownnoun

    A loss of organization (of the parts of a system)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. dislocation, breakdownnoun

    the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue

    "the social dislocations resulting from government policies"; "his warning came after the breakdown of talks in London"

    partitioning, dislocation, disruption, equipment failure, crack-up

  2. breakdown, crack-upnoun

    a mental or physical breakdown

    partitioning, dislocation, equipment failure, crack-up

  3. breakdown, equipment failurenoun

    a cessation of normal operation

    "there was a power breakdown"

    partitioning, dislocation, equipment failure, crack-up

  4. breakdown, partitioningnoun

    an analysis into mutually exclusive categories

    sectionalisation, equipment failure, crack-up, partitioning, dislocation, division, partition, sectionalization, segmentation

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Editors Contribution

  1. anomie

    the vacuum state of social or ethical standards.

    inappropriate cussing is a breakdown of our social standards.

    Submitted by anonymous on January 27, 2020  

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. breakdownnoun

    downfall, collapse, crash

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How to use breakdown in a sentence?

  1. Ric Spooner:

    While you can never be certain, (charts) suggests this is not going to be a false break. The latest breakdown follows failure at the 200-day moving average a couple of weeks ago.

  2. Milo Bloom:

    The first sign of a nervous breakdown is when you start thinking your work is terribly important.

  3. John Sawers:

    We are going through a political nervous breakdown here in the UK. We have potential prime ministers being elected by the Conservative Party now, (and) in the shape of the leader of the opposition, who do not have the standing that we have become used to in our top leadership, whether people can develop that when they become prime minister, we will have to wait and see, in terms of the candidates for the Conservative leadership.

  4. Ronald David Laing:

    Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    If you strive to become a really good leader, then you should know these Top Ten Differances between "Boss" and "Leader": 1. The boss drives people (nuts); while the leader coaches them. 2. The boss depends upon and survives on authority; the leader on good will. 3. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. 4 .The boss always says ‘I’; the leader says ‘we.’ 5. The boss says to subordinates ‘Get here on time’; the leader gets there ahead of time. 6. The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. 7. The boss knows how it is done; the leader shows how it can be done in a better manner. 8. The boss makes work a drudgery; the leader makes work an enjoyable game. 9. The boss says ‘Go’; the leader says ‘Let’s go.’ 10. The boss justifies or lays blame – the leader takes responsibilit and accountability.

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  • انفصالArabic
  • повреда, колапс, счупване, разчленяване, разкъсване, анализ, аварияBulgarian
  • Nervenzusammenbruch, Aufschlüsselung, Betriebsstörung, PanneGerman
  • κατάρρευση, κλονισμός, ανάλυση, βλάβη, διαίρεση, ταξινόμησηGreek
  • avería, panne, desglose, descompostura, ataque de nervios, colapso nervioso, panaSpanish
  • breikki, vika, romahdus, hajottaminen, rikkoutuminen, erittely, hajoaminen, rikkoontuminen, murtuminenFinnish
  • panne, dégradation, crise de nerfs, détailFrench
  • avariaItalian
  • 故障Japanese
  • uitsplitsing, instorting, openbreking, mankement, ineenstorting, inzakking, opdeling, opsplitsing, afbraak, panne, stilstand, zenuwinstorting, defectDutch
  • awariaPolish
  • avaria, colapsoPortuguese
  • поломка, аварияRussian
  • porucha, haváriaSlovak
  • nedbrytning, sammanbrottSwedish
  • خرابیUrdu

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