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Dictionary definition for: Collapse

1. (n) an abrupt failure of function or health

2. (v) break down, literally or metaphorically; "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"

3. (n) a mishap caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in

4. (v) collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack

5. (n) the act of throwing yourself down; "he landed on the bed with a great flop"

6. (v) fold or close up; "fold up your umbrella" "collapse the music stand"

7. (n) a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)

8. (v) fall apart; "the building crimbled after the explosion" "Negociations broke down"

9. (v) cause to burst; "The ice broke the pipe"

10. (v) suffer a nervous breakdown

11. (v) lose significance, effectiveness, or value; "The school system is collapsing" "The stock market collapsed"

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