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CRUMPLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does crumple mean? 

CRUMPLE (verb)
  The verb CRUMPLE has 4 senses:

1. fall apart
2. fold or collapse
3. to gather something into small wrinkles or folds
4. become wrinkled or crumpled or creased

  Familiarity information: CRUMPLE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CRUMPLE (verb)


Sense 1crumple [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 "crumple" is one way to...):

change integrity (change in physical make-up)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 2crumple [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fold or collapse

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

crumple; buckle

Context example:

His knees buckled

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

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

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 3crumple [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To gather something into small wrinkles or folds

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

pucker; cockle; rumple; crumple; knit

Context example:

She puckered her lips

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

crease; crinkle; crisp; ruckle; scrunch; scrunch up; wrinkle (make wrinkles or creases into a smooth surface)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They crumple the sheets


Sense 4crumple [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become wrinkled or crumpled or creased

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

crinkle; rumple; crease; crumple; wrinkle

Context example:

This fabric won't wrinkle

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

fold; fold up (become folded or folded up)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Sentence examples:

The sheets didn't crumple
These fabrics crumple easily


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