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Definition of 'collapse'


  1. an abrupt failure of function or health
  2. a mishap caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in
  3. the act of throwing yourself down; "he landed on the bed with a great flop"
       Synonyms: flop
  4. a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
       Synonyms: crash


  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"
       Synonyms: fall in cave in give give way break founder
  2. collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
       Synonyms: break down
  3. fold or close up; "fold up your umbrella"; "collapse the music stand"
  4. fall apart; "the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down"
       Synonyms: crumble crumple tumble break down
  5. cause to burst; "The ice broke the pipe"
       Synonyms: burst
  6. suffer a nervous breakdown
       Synonyms: crack up crack crock up break up
  7. lose significance, effectiveness, or value; "The school system is collapsing"; "The stock market collapsed"

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