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English noun: collapse

1. collapse (state) an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion


SamplesThe commander's prostration demoralized his men.


Synonymsprostration


Broader (hypernym)illness, malady, sickness, unwellness


Narrower (hyponym)algidity, breakdown, crack-up, heat hyperpyrexia, heatstroke, shock

2. collapse (event) a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in


SamplesThe roof is in danger of collapse.
The collapse of the old star under its own gravity.


Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent


Narrower (hyponym)cave in, debacle, fiasco, implosion, subsidence

3. collapse (act) the act of throwing yourself down


SamplesHe landed on the bed with a great flop.


Synonymsflop


Broader (hypernym)descent

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


Synonymscrash


Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent


English verb: collapse

1. collapse (motion) break down, literally or metaphorically


SamplesThe 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.


ExamplesThe business is going to collapse


Synonymsbreak, cave in, fall in, founder, give, give way


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)break, buckle, crumple, flop, go off, implode, sink, slide down, slump


Verb groupabandon, burst, collapse, give up

2. collapse (body) collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack


ExamplesSam and Sue collapse


Synonymsbreak down


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)get, have, suffer, sustain


Narrower (hyponym)drop like flies, fall over, go over

3. collapse (motion) fold or close up


SamplesFold up your umbrella.
Collapse the music stand.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)fold, fold up, turn up


Narrower (hyponym)concertina, deflate

4. collapse (motion) fall apart


SamplesThe building crumbled after the explosion.
Negotiations broke down.


Synonymsbreak down, crumble, crumple, tumble


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change integrity

5. collapse (motion) cause to burst


SamplesThe ice broke the pipe.


Synonymsburst


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)pop


Causebreak, cave in, collapse, fall in, founder, give, give way


Verb groupbreak, cave in, collapse, fall in, founder, give, give way

6. collapse (emotion) suffer a nervous breakdown


Synonymsbreak up, crack, crack up, crock up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)get, have, suffer, sustain

7. collapse (change) lose significance, effectiveness, or value


SamplesThe school system is collapsing.
The stock market collapsed.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)weaken









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