Collapse definition

kə-lăps
To fall down or inward suddenly; cave in.
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To break down suddenly in strength or health and thereby cease to function.

A monarchy that collapsed.

verb
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To fold compactly.

Chairs that collapse for storage.

verb
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The act of falling down or inward, as from loss of supports.
noun
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An abrupt failure of function, strength, or health; a breakdown.
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To break down suddenly; fail; give way.

The enemy's defense collapsed.

verb
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(intransitive) To pass out and fall to the floor or ground, as from exhaustion or other illness; to faint.

The exhausted singer collapsed onstage and had to be taken to the hospital.

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To fall down or fall to pieces, as when supports or sides fail to hold; cave in; shrink together suddenly.
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The act of collapsing; a falling in or together; failure or breakdown, as in business or health.
noun
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To cause to fold, break down, or fall down or inward.
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An abrupt loss of perceived value or of effect.

The collapse of popular respect for the integrity of world leaders.

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To fall or drop drastically, as in value or force.
verb
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To cause to collapse.
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(intransitive) To fall down suddenly; to cave in.
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(intransitive) To cease to function due to a sudden breakdown; to fail suddenly and completely.

Pyramid schemes tend to generate profits for a while and then collapse.

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(intransitive) To fold compactly.
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(cricket) For several batsmen to get out in quick succession.
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To cause something to collapse.

Hurry up and collapse the tent so we can get moving.

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The act of collapsing.
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Constant function, one-valued function (in automata theory) (in particular application causing a reset)
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The definition of collapse means to cave in, to fall or to break down into pieces when the support to stand is lost.

An example of to collapse is someone falling to the ground when their knees give way after the person hears terrible news.

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To fold or come together compactly.
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To break down or fail suddenly in health or physical strength.
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To fall down, as from a blow or exhaustion.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
collapse
Plural:
collapses

Origin of collapse

  • Latin collābī collāps- to fall together com- com- lābī to fall

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin collapsus (past participle of collabi)

    From Wiktionary