Thesaurus for 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.