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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.


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.


Broader (hypernym)descent

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


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.


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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