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Definition 1: the act of throwing yourself down - [noun denoting act]

Samples where collapse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he landed on the bed with a great flop

Synonyms for collapse in the sense of this definition

(collapse is a kind of ...) the act of changing your location in a downward direction

Definition 2: a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in - [noun denoting event]

Samples where collapse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the roof is in danger of collapse
  • the collapse of the old star under its own gravity

(collapse is a kind of ...) an event that happens

(... is a kind of collapse ) the sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it

(... is a kind of collapse ) a sudden and violent collapse

(... is a kind of collapse ) a sudden inward collapse

"the implosion of a light bulb"

Definition 3: a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures) - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for collapse in the sense of this definition

(collapse is a kind of ...) an event that happens

Definition 4: an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion - [noun denoting state]

Samples where collapse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the commander's prostration demoralized his men

Synonyms for collapse in the sense of this definition

(collapse is a kind of ...) impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism

(... is a kind of collapse ) a mental or physical breakdown

(... is a kind of collapse ) (pathology) bodily collapse or near collapse caused by inadequate oxygen delivery to the cells; characterized by reduced cardiac output and rapid heartbeat and circulatory insufficiency and pallor

"loss of blood is an important cause of shock"

(... is a kind of collapse ) collapse caused by exposure to excessive heat

(... is a kind of collapse ) prostration characterized by cold and clammy skin and low blood pressure

Definition 5: collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack - [verb of body]

Synonyms for collapse in the sense of this definition

(collapse is a kind of ...) undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)

"She suffered a fracture in the accident" "He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars" "She got a bruise on her leg" "He got his arm broken in the scuffle"

(... is a kind of collapse ) rapidly collapse, die, or drop out in large numbers

"the contestants dropped like flies when the thermometer hit one hundred degrees"

(... is a kind of collapse ) fall forward and down

"The old woman went over without a sound"

Definition 6: lose significance, effectiveness, or value - [verb of change]

Samples where collapse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The school system is collapsing
  • The stock market collapsed

(collapse is a kind of ...) become weaker

"The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"

Definition 7: suffer a nervous breakdown - [verb of emotion]

Synonyms for collapse in the sense of this definition

(collapse is a kind of ...) undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)

"She suffered a fracture in the accident" "He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars" "She got a bruise on her leg" "He got his arm broken in the scuffle"

Definition 8: break down, literally or metaphorically - [verb of motion]

Samples where collapse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The 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

Synonyms for collapse in the sense of this definition

(collapse is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of collapse ) burst inward

"The bottle imploded"

(... is a kind of collapse ) fold or collapse

"His knees buckled"

(... is a kind of collapse ) fall loosely

"He flopped into a chair"

(... is a kind of collapse ) curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves

"The surf broke"

(... is a kind of collapse ) fall or sink heavily

"He slumped onto the couch" "My spirits sank"

(collapse has a similar meaning as ...) stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims

"He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage" "Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations"

(collapse has a similar meaning as ...) cause to burst

"The ice broke the pipe"

Definition 9: fold or close up - [verb of motion]

Samples where collapse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fold up your umbrella
  • collapse the music stand

(collapse is a kind of ...) bend or lay so that one part covers the other

"fold up the newspaper" "turn up your collar"

(... is a kind of collapse ) collapse by releasing contained air or gas

"deflate a balloon"

(... is a kind of collapse ) collapse like a concertina

Definition 10: fall apart - [verb of motion]

Samples where collapse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the building crumbled after the explosion
  • Negotiations broke down

Synonyms for collapse in the sense of this definition

(collapse is a kind of ...) change in physical make-up

Definition 11: cause to burst - [verb of motion]

Samples where collapse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The ice broke the pipe

Synonyms for collapse in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of collapse ) cause to burst with a loud, explosive sound

"The child popped the balloon"

(collapse has a similar meaning as ...) break down, literally or metaphorically

"The 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"

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