Synonyms for break down

Synonyms for (verb) break down

Synonyms: break down, collapse

Definition: collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack

Similar words: have, get, suffer, sustain

Definition: undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)

Usage: She suffered a fracture in the accident; He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars; She got a bruise on her leg; He got his arm broken in the scuffle


Synonyms: decompose, break down, break up

Definition: separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts

Similar words: separate

Definition: divide into components or constituents

Usage: Separate the wheat from the chaff


Synonyms: break, break down, die, conk out, go, go bad, give out, give way, fail

Definition: stop operating or functioning

Usage: 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

Similar words: change

Definition: undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

Usage: She changed completely as she grew older; The weather changed last night


Synonyms: break down, crush

Definition: make ineffective

Usage: Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination

Similar words: alter, change, modify

Definition: cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

Usage: The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city; The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue


Synonyms: break down

Definition: cause to fall or collapse

Similar words: break, bust

Definition: ruin completely

Usage: He busted my radio!


Synonyms: break down, snap, lose it

Definition: lose control of one's emotions

Usage: When she heard that she had not passed the exam, she lost it completely; When her baby died, she snapped

Similar words: act, behave, do

Definition: behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

Usage: You should act like an adult; Don't behave like a fool; What makes her do this way?; The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people


Synonyms: collapse, break down, crumble, crumple, tumble

Definition: fall apart

Usage: the building crumbled after the explosion; Negotiations broke down

Similar words: change integrity

Definition: change in physical make-up