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COLLAPSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does collapse mean? 

COLLAPSE (noun)
  The noun COLLAPSE has 4 senses:

1. an abrupt failure of function or health
2. a mishap caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in
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)

  Familiarity information: COLLAPSE used as a noun is uncommon.


COLLAPSE (verb)
  The verb COLLAPSE has 7 senses:

1. break down, literally or metaphorically
2. collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
3. fold or close up
4. fall apart
5. cause to burst
6. suffer a nervous breakdown
7. lose significance, effectiveness, or value

  Familiarity information: COLLAPSE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


COLLAPSE (noun)


Sense 1collapse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An abrupt failure of function or health

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("collapse" is a kind of...):

illness; malady; sickness; unwellness (impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "collapse"):

breakdown; crack-up (a mental or physical breakdown)

shock ((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)


Sense 2collapse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mishap caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("collapse" is a kind of...):

misadventure; mischance; mishap (an instance of misfortune)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "collapse"):

cave in; subsidence (the sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it)

debacle; fiasco (a sudden and violent collapse)

implosion (a sudden inward collapse)


Sense 3collapse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of throwing yourself down

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

collapse; flop

Context example:

he landed on the bed with a great flop

Hypernyms ("collapse" is a kind of...):

descent (the act of changing your location in a downward direction)


Sense 4collapse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

crash; collapse

Hypernyms ("collapse" is a kind of...):

happening; natural event; occurrence; occurrent (an event that happens)


COLLAPSE (verb)


Sense 1collapse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Break down, literally or metaphorically

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

cave in; collapse; fall in; give way; founder; give; break

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "collapse" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "collapse"):

sink; slide down; slump (fall or sink heavily)

break (curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves)

flop (fall loosely)

buckle; crumple (fold or collapse)

go off; implode (burst inward)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

The business is going to collapse


Sense 2collapse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

collapse; break down

Hypernyms (to "collapse" is one way to...):

get; have; suffer; sustain (undergo (as of injuries and illnesses))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "collapse"):

fall over; go over (fall forward and down)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue collapse


Sense 3collapse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fold or close up

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context examples:

fold up your umbrella / collapse the music stand

Hypernyms (to "collapse" is one way to...):

fold; fold up; turn up (bend or lay so that one part covers the other)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "collapse"):

deflate (collapse by releasing contained air or gas)

concertina (collapse like a concertina)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 4collapse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fall apart

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

crumble; crumple; collapse; tumble; break down

Context examples:

the building crumbled after the explosion / Negotiations broke down

Hypernyms (to "collapse" is one way to...):

change integrity (change in physical make-up)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 5collapse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to burst

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

collapse; burst

Context example:

The ice broke the pipe

Cause:

break; cave in; collapse; fall in; founder; give; give way (break down, literally or metaphorically)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "collapse"):

pop (cause to burst with a loud, explosive sound)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 6collapse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suffer a nervous breakdown

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

crock up; crack up; collapse; break up; crack

Hypernyms (to "collapse" is one way to...):

get; have; suffer; sustain (undergo (as of injuries and illnesses))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 7collapse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lose significance, effectiveness, or value

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context examples:

The school system is collapsing / The stock market collapsed

Hypernyms (to "collapse" is one way to...):

weaken (become weaker)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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