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break down

verb as in act up (malfunction)

verb as in anatomize

verb as in choke up

verb as in crack

verb as in crumple

verb as in decompose

verb as in decompose

verb as in dissect

verb as in fall apart

Strongest matches

verb as in fragmentize

verb as in inculcate

verb as in indoctrinate

verb as in molder

Strongest match

Strong matches

Weak match

verb as in propagandize

verb as in putrefy

verb as in sob

verb as in spoil

verb as in turn

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Example Sentences

Eggs, he says, are a good source of cysteine, an amino acid that helps the liver break down alcohol faster.

Given a choice, and not just a philosophical one, performers could break down modern day stigmas.

From the militia perspective, the Shia factions in Iraq break down as follows.

I hoped the U.S. government would break down every door in Baghdad to get me back.

It just was so much fun to break down the moments of that scene with her.

I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be wasted: I will break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down.

All her scheming and fencing would have availed her nothing if she were to break down at the critical moment.

Their heart is divided: now they shall perish: he shall break down their idols, he shall destroy their altars.

With a great break-down of sobs, poor Chloe blubbered out, "S'pose I must."

I break down at every paragraph, I may observe; and lie here and sweat, till I can get one sentence wrung out after another.


On this page you'll find 1762 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to break down, such as: break, conk out, fail, function go on the blink, improperly, and jam.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.