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collapse



Noun

1: an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion
2: a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in; 'the collapse of the old star under its own gravity'
3: the act of throwing yourself down
4: a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)

Verb

1: break down, literally or metaphorically; 'The business collapsed' 'The dam broke' 'The roof collapsed' 'The wall gave in' 'The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice'
2: collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
3: fold or close up; 'collapse the music stand'
4: fall apart; 'Negotiations broke down'
5: cause to burst
6: suffer a nervous breakdown
7: lose significance, effectiveness, or value; 'The stock market collapsed'


Synonyms: prostration

 

 

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