Definition of Collapse in English :

Define Collapse in English

Collapse meaning in English

Meaning of Collapse in English

Pronunciation of Collapse in English

Collapse pronunciation in English

Pronounce Collapse in English


see synonyms of collapse


1. collapse, prostration

an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion

Example Sentences:
'the commander's prostration demoralized his men'

2. collapse

a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in

Example Sentences:
'the roof is in danger of collapse'
'the collapse of the old star under its own gravity'

3. collapse, flop

the act of throwing yourself down

Example Sentences:
'he landed on the bed with a great flop'

4. collapse, crash

a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)


5. break, cave in, collapse, fall in, founder, give, give way

break down, literally or metaphorically

Example Sentences:
'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'

6. break down, collapse

collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack

7. collapse

fold or close up

Example Sentences:
'fold up your umbrella'
'collapse the music stand'

8. break down, collapse, crumble, crumple, tumble

fall apart

Example Sentences:
'the building crumbled after the explosion'
'Negotiations broke down'

9. burst, collapse

cause to burst

Example Sentences:
'The ice broke the pipe'

10. break up, collapse, crack, crack up, crock up

suffer a nervous breakdown

11. collapse

lose significance, effectiveness, or value

Example Sentences:
'The school system is collapsing'
'The stock market collapsed'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of collapse
1. (intransitive)
to fall down or cave in suddenly
the whole building collapsed
2. (intransitive)
to fail completely
his story collapsed on investigation
3. (intransitive)
to break down or fall down from lack of strength
to fold (furniture, etc) compactly or (of furniture, etc) to be designed to fold compactly
the act or instance of suddenly falling down, caving in, or crumbling
a sudden failure or breakdown

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see synonyms of collapse
verb intransitiveWord forms: colˈlapsed or colˈlapsing
to fall down or fall to pieces, as when supports or sides fail to hold; cave in; shrink together suddenly
to break down suddenly; fail; give way
the enemy's defense collapsed
to break down or fail suddenly in health or physical strength
to fall down, as from a blow or exhaustion
to fall or drop drastically, as in value or force
to fold or come together compactly
verb transitive
to cause to collapse
the act of collapsing; a falling in or together; failure or breakdown, as in business or health

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of collapse
v. col·lapsed, col·laps·ing, col·laps·es
1. To fall down or inward suddenly; cave in.
2. To break down suddenly in strength or health and thereby cease to function: a monarchy that collapsed.
3. To fold compactly: chairs that collapse for storage.
To cause to fold, break down, or fall down or inward.
1. The act of falling down or inward, as from loss of supports.
2. An abrupt failure of function, strength, or health; a breakdown.
3. An abrupt loss of perceived value or of effect: the collapse of popular respect for the integrity of world leaders.

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