Meaning of COLLAPSE in English


(~s, collapsing, ~d)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


If a building or other structure ~s, it falls down very suddenly.

A section of the Bay Bridge had ~d...

Most of the deaths were caused by landslides and collapsing buildings.

VERB: V, V-ing

Collapse is also a noun.

Governor Deukmejian called for an inquiry into the freeway’s ~.



If something, for example a system or institution, ~s, it fails or comes to an end completely and suddenly.

His business empire ~d under a massive burden of debt...

The rural people have been impoverished by a collapsing economy.

VERB: V, V-ing

Collapse is also a noun.

The coup’s ~ has speeded up the drive to independence...

Their economy is teetering on the brink of ~.



If you ~, you suddenly faint or fall down because you are very ill or weak.

He ~d following a vigorous exercise session at his home...


Collapse is also a noun.

A few days after his ~ he was sitting up in bed.



If you ~ onto something, you sit or lie down suddenly because you are very tired.

She arrived home exhausted and barely capable of showering before collapsing on her bed.

VERB: V prep, also V

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