Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

come apart - definition and synonyms

Close
What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close
ThesaurusThesaurus
Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theycome apart
he/she/itcomes apart
present participlecoming apart
past tensecame apart
past participlecome apart
  1. 1
    if an object comes apart, it separates into pieces, either because it has been made that way or because it is very old or in very bad condition

    I picked up the book and it just came apart in my hands.

    The bed comes apart so you can store it when you don’t need it.

  2. 2
    come apart at the seams
    1. b.
      to start behaving in a very strange way because you cannot deal with what is happening to you
See also main entry: come
BuzzWord

moonbow

a rainbow produced when water droplets in the air reflect light from the moon rather than the sun

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

platform capitalism

a way of doing business that involves recruiting large numbers of people who work for themselves using the company's platform, as used by companies such as Uber, Deliveroo and the like

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play