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English verb: crumble

1. crumble (motion) fall apart


SamplesThe building crumbled after the explosion.
Negotiations broke down.


ExamplesThe business is going to crumble


Synonymsbreak down, collapse, crumple, tumble


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change integrity

2. crumble (change) break or fall apart into fragments


SamplesThe cookies crumbled.
The Sphinx is crumbling.


Synonymsfall apart


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


Broader (hypernym)disintegrate

3. crumble (change) fall into decay or ruin


SamplesThe unoccupied house started to decay.


Synonymsdecay, dilapidate


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


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)break, bust, corrode, deteriorate, droop, eat at, erode, fall apart, gnaw, gnaw at, ruin, rust, wear, wear away, wear out, weather, wilt









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