Definitions for Collapsekəˈlæps

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

col•lapsekəˈlæps(v.; n.)-lapsed, -laps•ing

  1. (v.i.)to fall or cave in; crumble suddenly.

  2. to be made so that sections or parts can be folded up, as for storage.

  3. to break down; fail utterly:

    The peace talks have collapsed.

  4. to fall unconscious or fall down, as from a heart attack or exhaustion.

  5. (of lungs) to come into an airless state.

    Category: Pathology

  6. to fall or decline suddenly, as in value.

  7. (v.t.)to cause to collapse.

  8. (n.)a falling in, down, or together:

    trapped by the collapse of a tunnel.

  9. a sudden, complete failure; breakdown.

Origin of collapse:

1725–35; < L collāpsus, ptp. of collābī to fall, fall in ruins =col-col -1+lābī to fall


Princeton's WordNet

  1. collapse, prostration(noun)

    an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion

    "the commander's prostration demoralized his men"

  2. collapse(noun)

    a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in

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

  3. flop, collapse(noun)

    the act of throwing yourself down

    "he landed on the bed with a great flop"

  4. crash, collapse(verb)

    a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)

  5. collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break, founder(verb)

    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"

  6. break down, collapse(verb)

    collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack

  7. collapse(verb)

    fold or close up

    "fold up your umbrella"; "collapse the music stand"

  8. crumble, crumple, tumble, break down, collapse(verb)

    fall apart

    "the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down"

  9. collapse, burst(verb)

    cause to burst

    "The ice broke the pipe"

  10. crack up, crack, crock up, break up, collapse(verb)

    suffer a nervous breakdown

  11. collapse(verb)

    lose significance, effectiveness, or value

    "The school system is collapsing"; "The stock market collapsed"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. collapse(verb)əˈlæps

    (of person) to fall down and lose consciousness

    He collapsed and died the next day.

  2. collapseəˈlæps

    (of building or structure) to fall down

    The mine walls had collapsed.

  3. collapseəˈlæps

    (of process or system) to fail

    a regime that is collapsing; Peace talks soon collapsed.; his sudden collapse; the collapse of the dictatorship


  1. collapse(Noun)

    The act of collapsing

  2. collapse(Noun)

    Constant function, one-valued function (in automata theory) (in particular application causing a reset)

  3. collapse(Verb)

    To fall down suddenly; to cave in

  4. collapse(Verb)

    To cease to function due to a sudden breakdown

  5. collapse(Verb)

    To fold compactly

  6. collapse(Verb)

    For several batsmen to get out in quick succession

  7. collapse(Verb)

    To cause something to collapse.

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

  8. collapse(Verb)

    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.

  9. Origin: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Collapse(verb)

    to fall together suddenly, as the sides of a hollow vessel; to close by falling or shrinking together; to have the sides or parts of (a thing) fall in together, or be crushed in together; as, a flue in the boiler of a steam engine sometimes collapses

  2. Collapse(verb)

    to fail suddenly and completely, like something hollow when subject to too much pressure; to undergo a collapse; as, Maximilian's government collapsed soon after the French army left Mexico; many financial projects collapse after attaining some success and importance

  3. Collapse(noun)

    a falling together suddenly, as of the sides of a hollow vessel

  4. Collapse(noun)

    a sudden and complete failure; an utter failure of any kind; a breakdown

  5. Collapse(noun)

    extreme depression or sudden failing of all the vital powers, as the result of disease, injury, or nervous disturbance


  1. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

    Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed is a 2005 book by academic and popular science author Jared M. Diamond, which reviews the causes of historical and pre-historical incidences of societal collapse—particularly those involving significant influences from environmental changes, the effects of climate change, hostile neighbors, and trade partners—and considers the responses different societies have had to such threats. While the bulk of the book is concerned with the demise of these historical civilizations, Diamond also argues that humanity collectively faces, on a much larger scale, many of the same issues, with possibly catastrophic near-future consequences to many of the world's populations.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Collapse' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4248

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Collapse' in Nouns Frequency: #1689

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Collapse' in Verbs Frequency: #647

Anagrams of Collapse

  1. escallop

Translations for Collapse

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to fall down and break into pieces

The bridge collapsed under the weight of the traffic.

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