collapse

collapse
col|lapse1 S3 [kəˈlæps] v
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1¦(structure)¦
2¦(illness/injury)¦
3¦(fail)¦
4¦(prices)¦
5¦(sit/lie)¦
6¦(fold something smaller)¦
7¦(medical)¦
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[Date: 1700-1800; : Latin; Origin: collapsus, past participle of collabi, from com- ( COM-) + labi 'to fall, slide']
1.) ¦(STRUCTURE)¦
if a building, wall etc collapses, it falls down suddenly, usually because it is weak or damaged
Uncle Ted's chair collapsed under his weight.
The roof had collapsed long ago.
2.) ¦(ILLNESS/INJURY)¦ [I]
to suddenly fall down or become unconscious because you are ill or weak
He collapsed with a heart attack while he was dancing.
Marion's legs collapsed under her.
3.) ¦(FAIL)¦ [I]
if a system, idea, or organization collapses, it suddenly fails or becomes too weak to continue
The luxury car market has collapsed.
I thought that without me the whole project would collapse.
4.) ¦(PRICES)¦ [I]
if prices, levels, etc collapse, they suddenly become much lower
There were fears that property prices would collapse.
5.) ¦(SIT/LIE)¦ [I]
to suddenly sit down, especially because you are very tired or want to relax
I was so exhausted when I got home, I just collapsed on the sofa.
6.) ¦(FOLD SOMETHING SMALLER)¦ [I and T]
if a piece of furniture or equipment collapses, or if you collapse it, you can fold it so that it becomes smaller
The legs on our card table collapse so we can store it in the closet.
7.) ¦(MEDICAL)¦ [I]
if a lung or a ↑blood vessel collapses, it suddenly becomes flat, so that it no longer has any air or blood in it
collapse 2
collapse2 [i]n
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1¦(business/system/idea etc)¦
2¦(building/structure/furniture etc)¦
3¦(illness/injury)¦
4¦(money/prices etc)¦
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1.) ¦(BUSINESS/SYSTEM/IDEA ETC)¦ [singular, U]
a sudden failure in the way something works, so that it cannot continue
collapse of
the collapse of the Soviet Union
the threat of economic collapse
His business was in danger of collapse .
2.) ¦(BUILDING/STRUCTURE/FURNITURE ETC)¦[U]
when something suddenly falls down
the collapse of an apartment building during the earthquake
The ancient abbey was in imminent danger of collapse.
3.) ¦(ILLNESS/INJURY)¦ [singular, U]
when someone suddenly falls down or becomes unconscious because of an illness or injury
The president said he was fine after his collapse yesterday.
She suffered a collapse under anaesthetic.
4.) ¦(MONEY/PRICES ETC)¦ [singular]
a sudden decrease in the value of something
the collapse of the stock market
collapse in
a collapse in the value of pensions

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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