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It's physically hard for me to work. I start to break down, physically. My joints start. I get weepy eyes. I don't sleep well. I was never a hard worker, I guess. So the voiceover work ethic is really great for me - couple days a month, two hours a day.
H. Jon Benjamin

Meaning of "break down" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF BREAK DOWN

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BREAK DOWN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Break down is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb break down in English.

WHAT DOES BREAK DOWN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of break down in the English dictionary

The first definition of break down in the dictionary is to cease to function; become ineffective. Other definition of break down is to yield or cause to yield, esp to strong emotion or tears. Break down is also to crush or destroy.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO BREAK DOWN

PRESENT

Present
I break down
you break down
he/she/it breaks down
we break down
you break down
they break down
Present continuous
I am breaking down
you are breaking down
he/she/it is breaking down
we are breaking down
you are breaking down
they are breaking down
Present perfect
I have broken down
you have broken down
he/she/it has broken down
we have broken down
you have broken down
they have broken down
Present perfect continuous
I have been breaking down
you have been breaking down
he/she/it has been breaking down
we have been breaking down
you have been breaking down
they have been breaking down
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I broke down
you broke down
he/she/it broke down
we broke down
you broke down
they broke down
Past continuous
I was breaking down
you were breaking down
he/she/it was breaking down
we were breaking down
you were breaking down
they were breaking down
Past perfect
I had broken down
you had broken down
he/she/it had broken down
we had broken down
you had broken down
they had broken down
Past perfect continuous
I had been breaking down
you had been breaking down
he/she/it had been breaking down
we had been breaking down
you had been breaking down
they had been breaking down
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will break down
you will break down
he/she/it will break down
we will break down
you will break down
they will break down
Future continuous
I will be breaking down
you will be breaking down
he/she/it will be breaking down
we will be breaking down
you will be breaking down
they will be breaking down
Future perfect
I will have broken down
you will have broken down
he/she/it will have broken down
we will have broken down
you will have broken down
they will have broken down
Future perfect continuous
I will have been breaking down
you will have been breaking down
he/she/it will have been breaking down
we will have been breaking down
you will have been breaking down
they will have been breaking down
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would break down
you would break down
he/she/it would break down
we would break down
you would break down
they would break down
Conditional continuous
I would be breaking down
you would be breaking down
he/she/it would be breaking down
we would be breaking down
you would be breaking down
they would be breaking down
Conditional perfect
I would have break down
you would have break down
he/she/it would have break down
we would have break down
you would have break down
they would have break down
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been breaking down
you would have been breaking down
he/she/it would have been breaking down
we would have been breaking down
you would have been breaking down
they would have been breaking down
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you break down
we let´s break down
you break down
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to break down
Past participle
broken down
Present Participle
breaking down
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BREAK DOWN

break bread
break camp
break cover
break dance
break dancer
break dancing
break even
break feeding
break ground
break in
break into
break it down
break new ground
break of day
break of serve
break off
break one´s back
break one´s heart
break one´s neck
break out

WORDS THAT END LIKE BREAK DOWN

back down
bring the house down
cut down
down
get down
go down
hands down
hold down
lay down
put down
ride down
sit down
step down
take down
thumbs down
turn down
up and down
upside down
when the chips are down
wind down
write down

Synonyms and antonyms of break down in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «BREAK DOWN»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «break down» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of break down

Translation of «break down» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BREAK DOWN

Find out the translation of break down to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of break down from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «break down» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

坏掉了
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

averiarse
570 millions of speakers

English

break down
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

विभाजन
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يَتَعَطَّل
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

ломать
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

falhar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ভাঙ্গা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

tomber en panne
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

rosak
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

kaputtgehen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

故障する
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

고장 나다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Rusak
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

hỏng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

உடைந்துவிடும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

यंत्रातील बिघाड
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

yıkmak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

guastarsi
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zepsuć się
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

ламатися
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a se strica
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

παθαίνω βλάβη
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

breek
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

bryta samman
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

bryte sammen
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of break down

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BREAK DOWN»

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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BREAK DOWN» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about break down

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10 QUOTES WITH «BREAK DOWN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word break down.
1
Alvin Ailey
One of the processes of your life is to constantly break down that inferiority, to constantly reaffirm that I Am Somebody.
2
Russell Baker
Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories; those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost.
3
H. Jon Benjamin
It's physically hard for me to work. I start to break down, physically. My joints start. I get weepy eyes. I don't sleep well. I was never a hard worker, I guess. So the voiceover work ethic is really great for me - couple days a month, two hours a day.
4
Sonny Bono
With all due respect to lawyers, it's wonderful that you have this intricate knowledge. You break down words to the nth degree. And sometimes I find it rather disgusting. And it goes on and on.
5
Katherine Boo
In any country, corruption tends to increase when more respectable means of social advancement break down.
6
Eric Bristow
I'm not on Twitter or Facebook and don't even use email. I don't trust computers: one day they'll all break down, and everyone will be knackered.
7
Carlos Castaneda
The things shamans deal with are extremely practical. They break down parameters of normal historical reality. Magical passes are just one aspect of that.
8
Eleanor Clift
Often, the disparities in the ways men and women are treated are subtle; there are not these clear barriers that you have to break down.
9
Tom Colicchio
I have very good knife skills. I learned to butcher on my second job - I was 18 years old. Every other day we would break down six legs of veal.
10
Greg Daniels
I would encourage people that, if you are waiting for the end of 'The Office,' to re-tune in right away. It is the beginning of the end, where we start to break down what's going on with this documentary and see behind the scenes with who is involved.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BREAK DOWN»

Discover the use of break down in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to break down and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Finding Alpha: The Search for Alpha When Risk and Return ...
This text is an excellent companion for portfolio managers, investment students, or anyone seeking to better understand the relationship between risk, returns, and financial reward." —Todd Houge, PhD, CFA, The University of Iowa How do we ...
Eric Falkenstein, 2009
2
Break Up, Don't Break Down: A Relationship Manual for ...
Shows how to move beyond anger, guilt, pain, and disappointment after a relationship fails and offers tips for creating a new life and finding new love.
D. Ivan Young, 2010
3
Break Down Your Money: How to Get Beyond the Noise to Profit ...
In Break Down Your Money, she delivers on that promise so eloquently-with the kind of bite-size information and entertaining flair that makes her a TV standout. This is one money book you won't want to put down.
Tracy Byrnes, 2008
4
Nina Simone: break down & let it all out
A definitive portrait of the great jazz singer, songwriter, and musician chronicles the extraordinary life and career of Nina Simone, from her early training as a classical pianist to the heights of her lengthy international career, in a ...
Sylvia Hampton, David Nathan, 2004
5
Hindu God, Christian God : How Reason Helps Break Down the ...
This volume offers an in-depth study of key themes common to the Hindu and Christian religious traditions. It redefines how we think about Hinduism, comparative study, and Christian theology.
Francis X. Clooney Professor of Comparative Theology Boston College, 2001
6
Helen Keller: Break Down the Walls!
Highlights the life and accomplishments of the first deaf and blind person to attend Radcliffe College, who became an advocate for disabled rights.
Margaret Fetty, 2006
7
Who Can You Trust (the Break Down)
"Trusting another is showing the most vulnerable part of yourself, and if you can't trust, you can't find happiness.
Keosha Gowins, Anita Pittman, 2013
8
Fearless Referrals: Boost Your Confidence, Break Down Doors, ...
This groundbreaking guide provides a toolbox of wording that works, powerful fear-killing techniques, and proven referral-gathering methods that will completely transform your business.
Matt Anderson, 2011
9
Our Monetary System. Why does it break down under the growth ...
liberty to break the Act of 1844, and issue its notes without limit. This is exactly what has occurred in 18487 and in the present year. But the results of these panics have taught us a most useful lesson, if we have calmness enough left ...
10
The Six Laws of Approachability: How to Break Down Barriers ...
Would you like to get people to instantly like you and be drawn to you, without them even knowing why? Now you can! Bestselling author Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro, presents her incredible Six Laws of Approachability: 1.
Laura Stack, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BREAK DOWN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term break down is used in the context of the following news items.
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7/7 bombings: Cricket initiative helps break down racial barriers in a …
A pioneering cricket initiative is helping to break down racial barriers in a town which has been scarred by the antics of locally born Jihadists ... «The Independent, Jul 15»
2
Tube strike talks break down after 'final' offer
Tube strike talks break down after 'final' offer. London Underground says offer will be withdrawn if strikes go ahead as loss of revenue would ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
3
Tube strike will go ahead after talks break down
A commuter passes a map of the London Underground system at Westminster tube station, minutes before industrial action began on a ... «The Wharf, Jul 15»
4
Eastenders 14/07 - Cindy is missing and Ian starts to break down
Tensions are high in Albert Square when Cindy is missing and Ian starts to break down telling Jane. Desperate, Ian and Martin search for Cindy ... «soFeminine.co.uk, Jul 15»
5
See Predator's Fatalities, Brutalities, special moves, variation …
See Predator's Fatalities, Brutalities, special moves, variation analysis and more in our character break down. None. Posted by John ... «EventHubs, Jul 15»
6
Stagecoach's talks with DfT over South West Trains break down
Stagecoach and the Department for Transport have not been able to agree on the new award of a South West Trains franchise; Stagecoach will ... «Proactive Investors UK, Jul 15»
7
Gatecrashers break down gate to storm Wireless Festival
This weekend saw the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Avicii and many more take to the stage at London's Wireless Festival - but also ... «Gigwise, Jul 15»
8
Jankovic rallies from set, break down to beat No. 2 Kvitova
LONDON (AP) About an hour after flopping on her back and kicking her feet overhead to celebrate a stunning comeback against defending ... «Tennis Magazine, Jul 15»
9
Woman with borderline personality disorder aims to break down
A blog written by a woman with borderline personality disorder (BPD) is seeking to erase stigma from the condition and raise awareness of ... «WalesOnline, Jul 15»
10
Report: Talks break down between Tristan Thompson and Cavaliers
While previous reports had indicated that the two sides were progressing on talks concerning a new contract, it appears as though negotiations ... «247Sports, Jul 15»

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