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English verb: fall apart

1. fall apart (emotion) lose one's emotional or mental composure

SamplesShe fell apart when her only child died.

Synonymsgo to pieces

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)break down, lose it, snap

2. fall apart (contact) go to pieces

SamplesThe lawn mower finally broke.
The gears wore out.
The old chair finally fell apart completely.

Synonymsbreak, bust, wear, wear out

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)crumble, decay, dilapidate

Narrower (hyponym)fray, frazzle

Verb groupbreak, bust

3. fall apart (change) break or fall apart into fragments

SamplesThe cookies crumbled.
The Sphinx is crumbling.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)disintegrate

4. fall apart (change) become separated into pieces or fragments

SamplesThe figurine broke.
The freshly baked loaf fell apart.

Synonymsbreak, come apart, separate, split up

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change integrity

Narrower (hyponym)break open, break up, burst, burst, bust, crack, crush, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize, ladder, puncture, run, smash, snap, split

Verb groupbreak

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