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    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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