Meaning of BREAKDOWN in English

BREAKDOWN

/ ˈbreɪkdaʊn; NAmE / noun

1.

[ C ] an occasion when a vehicle or machine stops working :

a breakdown on the motorway

a breakdown recovery service

2.

[ C , U ] a failure of a relationship, discussion or system :

the breakdown of a marriage

marriage breakdown

a breakdown in communications

The breakdown of the negotiations was not unexpected.

the breakdown of law and order

3.

[ C , usually sing. ] detailed information that you get by studying a set of figures :

First, let's look at a breakdown of the costs.

4.

[ U ] ( technical ) the breaking of a substance into the parts of which it is made :

the breakdown of proteins in the digestive system

5.

[ C ] = nervous breakdown :

She's still recovering from her breakdown.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.