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British English: /ˈbreɪkdaʊn/
American English: /ˈbreɪkˌdaʊn/

Translation of breakdown in French:


  • 1 (Automobile, Mechanics, Technology)
    in, of de
    in the event of a breakdown he had a breakdown on the motorway
    il est tombé en panne sur l'autoroute
    before n (vehicle, truck)
    de dépannage
  • 3 (Medicine) to have a (nervous) breakdown
    faire une dépression (nerveuse)
    to be on the verge of a breakdown
    être au bord de la dépression
    it's enough to give you a nervous breakdown! [humorous]
    il y a de quoi faire une dépression!
  • 4 (detailed account) (of figures, statistics, costs, budget)
    (of argument)
    (by sex, age, nationality) See examples: a breakdown of the voters according to sex/age
    une répartition de l'ensemble des votants par sexe/tranche d'âge
    a breakdown of how I spent the week
    un emploi du temps détaillé de ma semaine passée

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