verb (used without object), col·lapsed, col·laps·ing.
- to sink into extreme weakness.
- (of lungs) to come into an airless state.
verb (used with object), col·lapsed, col·laps·ing.
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Origin of collapse
OTHER WORDS FROM collapsepre·col·lapse, verb, pre·col·lapsed, pre·col·laps·ing.un·col·lapsed, adjective
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What does collapse mean?
Collapse means to break apart suddenly, as in The rickety bridge collapsed into the river. If something collapses, it falls apart or caves in quickly and suddenly. Usually, something collapses because it’s unable to support its own weight.
Collapse can also be used figuratively to mean to fail or break down, as in The party quickly collapsed when two groups started fighting with each other.
Collapse can also mean to fall unconscious or to pass out, as in The marathon runner collapsed due to heat stroke.
Collapse can also be used as a noun in any of these senses, as in She determined that the coins dated back to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
Example: I had to rebuild my house of cards after the wobbly table caused it to collapse.
Where does collapse come from?
The first records of collapse come from around 1725. It comes from the Latin collābī, meaning “to fall to ruins.” To collapse is to literally or figuratively fall, usually suddenly.
With any building or man-made structure, a big concern is the structure collapsing. To prevent this, structures are reinforced to be as sturdy as possible. Modern building collapses are usually due to poor construction methods or a lack of building maintenance. Building and bridge collapses are often major tragedies that cause death and extensive damage.
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What are some other forms related to collapse?
- precollapse (verb)
- uncollapsed (adjective)
- collapsible (adjective)
- collapsibility (noun)
What are some synonyms for collapse?
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How is collapse used in real life?
Collapse is a common word that means to fall apart or suddenly fail.
President @ashrafghani told me due to the quake a school building collapsed & children lost their lives. I was very pained to hear of this.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 26, 2015
In the course of about ten minutes the entirety of my weekend plans collapsed.
— John Jannuzzi (@johnjannuzzi) July 22, 2016
Great news: Florida basketball star Keyontae Johnson, who collapsed on court Dec. 12, is being released from the hospital today. 🙏🏽
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 22, 2020
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Is collapse used correctly in the following sentence?
The company collapsed when it released a popular new toy and became more successful than ever.
Example sentences from the Web for collapse
Our analysis so far indicates that the answer is yes, provided the spontaneous collapse rate increases with the curvature of spacetime.Schrödinger’s Cat When Nobody Is Looking - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Daniel Sudarsky|August 26, 2020|Nautilus
The country was already teetering on the edge of economic collapse before the blast.
There also was the collapse of a fuel tank in the mining city of Norilsk.Siberian heat wave that caused an oil spill made more likely by climate change|Carolyn Gramling|August 13, 2020|Science News For Students
No matter how bizarre and twisted the universe looked before it contracted, the collapse would efficiently erase a wide range of primordial wrinkles.
The wave of evictions caused by the coronavirus could swamp even the massive dislocation caused by the collapse of the US housing bubble more than a decade ago.Trump is making home loans riskier during a housing crisis|Tim Fernholz|July 28, 2020|Quartz
Angry Birds at its simplest was the same way, though you wanted to watch things collapse and explode.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
No precautions have been taken to reinforce the ceilings, which could collapse onto the statues.
In 1997, an earthquake in Assisi caused the collapse of the main cathedral and killed ten people.
A hard look at campus rape statistics, the collapse of The New Republic and the day John Lennon died.
But to say the capital teeters on the verge of collapse is both melodramatic and misleading.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At any moment, if he cared to collapse, he could make ten thousand pounds in a single day.The Doctor of Pimlico|William Le Queux
The danger of collapse was past for the present, but the deep sleep of utter intoxication still clung to the ruler of Asturia.
In a big armchair a white-haired man in evening dress was lying back in a state of collapse.
Beyond doubt here was the ruler of Asturia, whom Jessie had left not so long before in a state of collapse.
Collapse ensues and death takes place on the second to the fourth day of the affection.Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley