A monarchy that collapsed.
An example of to collapse is someone falling to the ground when their knees give way after the person hears terrible news.
Chairs that collapse for storage.
The collapse of popular respect for the integrity of world leaders.
The enemy's defense collapsed.
The exhausted singer collapsed onstage and had to be taken to the hospital.
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)