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verb collapse pronunciation in British English /kəˈlæps/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecollapsing
past tensecollapsed
past participlecollapsed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] if a building or other structure collapses, it suddenly falls down
    There were fears that the roof would collapse.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to suddenly fall down and become very ill or unconscious
    A man had collapsed on the hospital steps.
    I ended up collapsing with exhaustion.
    1. a.
      to let your body fall onto a chair, bed etc because you are very tired
      collapse in/into/onto: He collapsed in an exhausted heap.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to suddenly fail or stop existing
    The trial collapsed amid allegations that officers fabricated evidence.
    collapse under the strain/pressure: The old system would have collapsed under the strain.
  4. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] to lose the air that is inside and become flat, or to make this happen
    His heart was failing and one of his lungs had collapsed.


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