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  1. [verb] make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features; "analyze a specimen"; "analyze a sentence"; "analyze a chemical compound"
    Synonyms: analyze, analyse, dissect, take apart

  2. [verb] make ineffective; "Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination"
    Synonyms: crush

  3. [verb] lose control of one's emotions; "When she heard that she had not passed the exam, she lost it completely"; "When her baby died, she snapped"
    Synonyms: lose it, snap

  4. [verb] stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"
    Synonyms: fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break

  5. [verb] separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
    Synonyms: decompose, break up

  6. [verb] fall apart; "the building crimbled after the explosion"; "Negociations broke down"
    Synonyms: crumble, crumple, tumble, collapse

  7. [verb] cause to fall or collapse

  8. [verb] collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
    Synonyms: collapse


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