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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.


Synonymscrumble


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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