Collapse - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kəˈlæps|  American pronunciation of the word collapse
Brit.  |kəˈlaps|  British pronunciation of the word collapse
- an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion (syn: prostration)
- a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in
- the act of throwing yourself down (syn: flop)
- a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures) (syn: crash)
- break down, literally or metaphorically (syn: break, cave in, fall in, founder, give)
- collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack (syn: break down)
- fold or close up
- fall apart (syn: break down, crumble, crumple, tumble)
- cause to burst (syn: burst)
- suffer a nervous breakdown (syn: break up, crack, crack up)
- lose significance, effectiveness, or value


The roof collapsed under a heavy load of snow.

The chair he was sitting in collapsed.

He collapsed on stage during the performance and had to be rushed to the hospital.

She came home from work and collapsed on the sofa.

The crying child ran to his mother and collapsed in her arms.

The civilization collapsed for reasons that are still unknown.

He warned that such measures could cause the economy to collapse.

The structure is in danger of collapse.

She was on the verge of collapse.

The country has endured civil war and economic collapse.

The extensive warehouse collapsed and fell outwards with a terrific crash into the street.

Such complete destruction and devastation of the country would collapse the government.

The body was on the very verge of collapse.

He sank upon the ground in a collapse of misery.

The building is in danger of collapse.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: collapse
he/she/it: collapses
present participle: collapsing
past tense: collapsed
past participle: collapsed
singular: collapse
plural: collapses
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