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noun collapse pronunciation in British English /kəˈlæps/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a situation in which something fails or stops existing

    The same economic problems had led to the collapse of the government.

    be on the point/brink/verge of collapse:

    The justice system was described as being on the point of collapse.

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  2. 2
    [uncountable] an occasion when a building or other structure falls down
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] an occasion when someone falls down and becomes very ill or unconscious
  4. 4
    [singular] a sudden fall in the value or level of something

    the collapse of the rouble



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