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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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