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Happiness is a hard thing because it is achieved only by making others happy.
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Verb

Infinitive
to break down

Third person singular
breaks down

Simple past
broke down

Past participle
broke down, broken down or (informal) brokedown

Present participle
breaking down

to break down (third-person singular simple present breaks down, present participle breaking down, simple past broke down, past participle broke down, broken down or (informal) brokedown)
  1. to fail
    I am afraid my computer will break down if I try to run it at too high a speed.
  2. to become unstable, mentally or otherwise.
    She is back to work now, after her break down.
  3. to decay
    Leaves and grass will break down into compost faster if you keep them moist.
  4. to give more detail
    If you don't understand, ask him to break down the numbers for you.

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