collapse  

  • Pronunciation of collapse: K AH0 L AE1 P S (kə'læps)

  • Number of syllables of collapse: 2

  • Pronunciation Video of collapse

  • Definition of collapse

    • (n): the act of throwing yourself down; "he landed on the bed with a great flop"  
    • (n): a mishap caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in  
    • (n): a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)  
    • (n): an abrupt failure of function or health  
    • (v): collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack  
    • (v): lose significance, effectiveness, or value; "The school system is collapsing"; "The stock market collapsed"  
    • (v): suffer a nervous breakdown  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): cause to burst; "The ice broke the pipe"  
    • (v): fall apart; "the building crimbled after the explosion"; "Negociations broke down"  
    • (v): fold or close up; "fold up your umbrella"; "collapse the music stand"  
  • Examples of collapse

    • This regime is going to collapse and fall soon.  
    • The collapse of the case against her was fortuitous.  
    • Tax hikes portend a government collapse.  
    • This was forestalled by the collapse of the deal.  
    • The reason given for the collapse was exhaustion.  
    • As lesions grow, they eventually collapse and shrivel.  
    • If you can fit a coin in the crack in the roof, the house is in danger of collapse.  
    • That event forebodes the collapse.  
    • Click the grip to collapse the bar.  
    • Only the horizontal bracing prevented collapse.  

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