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collapse

collapse - Dictionary definition and meaning for word collapse

Definition
(noun) an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion
Synonyms : prostration
Example Sentence
  • the commander's prostration demoralized his men

Definition
(noun) a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in
Example Sentence
  • the roof is in danger of collapse
  • the collapse of the old star under its own gravity

Definition
(noun) the act of throwing yourself down
Synonyms : flop
Example Sentence
  • he landed on the bed with a great flop

Definition
(noun) a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
Synonyms : crash

Definition
(verb) break down, literally or metaphorically
Synonyms : break , cave in , fall in , founder , give , give way
Example Sentence
  • The wall collapsed
  • The business collapsed
  • The dam broke
  • The roof collapsed
  • The wall gave in
  • The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice

Definition
(verb) collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
Synonyms : break down

Definition
(verb) fold or close up
Example Sentence
  • fold up your umbrella
  • collapse the music stand

Definition
(verb) fall apart
Synonyms : break down , crumble , crumple , tumble
Example Sentence
  • the building crumbled after the explosion
  • Negotiations broke down

Definition
(verb) cause to burst
Synonyms : burst
Example Sentence
  • The ice broke the pipe

Definition
(verb) suffer a nervous breakdown
Synonyms : break up , crack , crack up , crock up

Definition
(verb) lose significance, effectiveness, or value
Example Sentence
  • The school system is collapsing
  • The stock market collapsed

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