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breakdown US English

A mechanical failure

breakdown US Thesaurus

the breakdown of the negotiations

breakdown New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(one word, two words as verb)

break down US English

(Of a machine or motor vehicle) suddenly cease to function

break down in break US English

(Of a machine or motor vehicle) suddenly cease to function

break down in break US Thesaurus

his van broke down

nervous breakdown US English

A period of mental illness resulting from severe depression, stress, or anxiety

nervous breakdown US Thesaurus

the boss's nervous breakdown almost destroyed the company