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collapse

noun (n)

  • an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion (noun.state)
    Synonym: prostration
    source: wordnet30
  • a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in (noun.event)
    Example:
    The roof is in danger of collapse.
    The collapse of the old star under its own gravity.
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of throwing yourself down (noun.act)
    Synonym: flop
    source: wordnet30
  • a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures) (noun.event)
    Synonym: crash
    source: wordnet30
  • A falling together suddenly, as of the sides of a hollow vessel. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • break down, literally or metaphorically (verb.motion)
    Example:
    The wall collapsed.
    The business collapsed.
    The roof collapsed.
    source: wordnet30
  • collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack (verb.body)
    Synonym: break down
    source: wordnet30
  • fold or close up (verb.motion)
    Example:
    Collapse the music stand.
    source: wordnet30
  • fall apart (verb.motion)
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to burst (verb.motion)
    Synonym: burst
    source: wordnet30
  • suffer a nervous breakdown (verb.emotion)
    source: wordnet30
  • lose significance, effectiveness, or value (verb.change)
    Example:
    The stock market collapsed.
    source: wordnet30
  • To fall together suddenly, as the sides of a hollow vessel; to close by falling or shrinking together; to have the sides or parts of (a thing) fall in together, or be crushed in together; as, a flue in the boiler of a steam engine sometimes collapses. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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