Synonyms for broken-down


1. break down, crush, change, alter, modify
usage: make ineffective; "Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination"
2. analyze, analyse, break down, dissect, take apart
usage: make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features; "analyze a specimen"; "analyze a sentence"; "analyze a chemical compound"
3. break down, lose it, snap, act, behave, do
usage: lose control of one's emotions; "When she heard that she had not passed the exam, she lost it completely"; "When her baby died, she snapped"
4. fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down, change
usage: stop operating or functioning; "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"
5. crumble, crumple, tumble, break down, collapse, change integrity
usage: fall apart; "the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down"
6. break down, break, bust
usage: cause to fall or collapse
7. decompose, break up, break down, separate
usage: separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
8. break down, collapse, suffer, sustain, have, get
usage: collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack


1. bedraggled, broken-down, derelict, dilapidated, ramshackle, tatterdemalion, tumble-down, damaged (vs. undamaged)
usage: in deplorable condition; "a street of bedraggled tenements"; "a broken-down fence"; "a ramshackle old pier"; "a tumble-down shack"
2. broken-down, unserviceable (vs. serviceable)
usage: not in working order; "had to push the broken-down car"; "a broken-down tractor fit only for children to play on"
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