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Meaning & Definition of Collapse in English

English

Collapse

/kəlæps/

noun

1. An abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion

  • "The commander's prostration demoralized his men"
    synonym:
  • collapse
  • ,
  • prostration

2. A natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in

  • "The roof is in danger of collapse"
  • "The collapse of the old star under its own gravity"
    synonym:
  • collapse

3. The act of throwing yourself down

  • "He landed on the bed with a great flop"
    synonym:
  • flop
  • ,
  • collapse

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

    synonym:
  • crash
  • ,
  • collapse

verb

1. Break down, literally or metaphorically

  • "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"
    synonym:
  • collapse
  • ,
  • fall in
  • ,
  • cave in
  • ,
  • give
  • ,
  • give way
  • ,
  • break
  • ,
  • founder

2. Collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack

    synonym:
  • break down
  • ,
  • collapse

3. Fold or close up

  • "Fold up your umbrella"
  • "Collapse the music stand"
    synonym:
  • collapse

4. Fall apart

  • "The building crumbled after the explosion"
  • "Negotiations broke down"
    synonym:
  • crumble
  • ,
  • crumple
  • ,
  • tumble
  • ,
  • break down
  • ,
  • collapse

5. Cause to burst

  • "The ice broke the pipe"
    synonym:
  • collapse
  • ,
  • burst

6. Suffer a nervous breakdown

    synonym:
  • crack up
  • ,
  • crack
  • ,
  • crock up
  • ,
  • break up
  • ,
  • collapse

7. Lose significance, effectiveness, or value

  • "The school system is collapsing"
  • "The stock market collapsed"
    synonym:
  • collapse