Definition Of collapse


(of a person) fall down and become unconscious, typically through illness or injury.

he collapsed from loss of blood

(of a structure) fall down or in; give way.

the roof collapsed on top of me

(of an institution or undertaking) fail suddenly and completely.

in the face of such resolve his opposition finally collapsed

an instance of a structure falling down or in.

the collapse of a railroad bridge

fold or be folded to fit into a small space.

some cots collapse down to fit into a bag

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Example Of collapse

  • A house is close to collapse after a gas leak caused an explosion just after 8am this morning.

  • A small family business has revealed how the sudden collapse of construction company Benson left it £52,000 out of pocket.

  • After his return to Lithuania he suffered a mental collapse , and he died in an asylum near Warsaw.

  • Andrew took a number of the tablets, began behaving oddly and was close to collapse at the end of the night.

  • Aside from the structural collapse , there was considerable soot damage from fire, especially on the upper floors.

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