During the staff meeting we went over some marketing reports. Even though Joe gave an informative presentation, the boss needed a more detailed analysis of the data in his report. Joe broke down the data into domestic and international marketing figures. The boss then asked Joe to break down the international date by region, and break the domestic data down by state.
Definition: To analyze or categorize.
Use: Someone can break down things like a financial reports or formula.
Structure: break [something] down or break down [something]
- I have to break down the sales figures for Friday’s meeting.
- The boss asked me to break the report down for him.
Note that you can also use break down in its noun form like this:
- Joe gave us a break down of the data.
- Can you give me a break down of the data by country?
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