crumple - definition and synonyms

verb 

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/ˈkrʌmp(ə)l/
present tense
I/you/we/theycrumple
he/she/itcrumples
present participlecrumpling
past tensecrumpled
past participlecrumpled
  1. 1

    crumple

    or

    crumple up

    [intransitive/transitive] to crush something such as paper or cloth so that it forms untidy folds, or to be crushed in this way

    I quickly crumpled up the letter and shoved it in my pocket.

    The front section of the car had crumpled in the collision.

  2. 2

    crumple

    or

    crumple up

    [intransitive] to fall to the ground suddenly, with your body, legs, and arms bent, because you are injured, ill, or upset

    He crumpled in a heap at our feet.