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There were fears that the roof would collapse.
A man had collapsed on the hospital steps.
I ended up collapsing with exhaustion.
The trial collapsed amid allegations that officers fabricated evidence.
The old system would have collapsed under the strain.
The chairs collapse for easy storage.
His heart was failing and one of his lungs had collapsed.
This is the British English definition of collapse. View American English definition of collapse.
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