col|lapse1 [ kə`læps ] verb **
▸ 1 fall down suddenly
▸ 2 fail or stop existing
▸ 3 fall because sick/tired
▸ 4 be folded/taken apart
▸ 5 (make) lose air inside
▸ 6 start laughing
1. ) intransitive if a building or other structure collapses, it suddenly falls down:
There were fears that the roof would collapse.
2. ) 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.
3. ) intransitive to suddenly fall down and become very sick or unconscious:
A man had collapsed.
I ended up collapsing with exhaustion.
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.
4. ) intransitive an object that collapses can be folded or separated into parts, so that it takes up less space:
The chairs collapse for easy storage.
a ) transitive to fold something or separate its parts, so that it takes up less space:
Could you help me to collapse the table?
5. ) intransitive or 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.
6. ) intransitive if you collapse into laughter, you start laughing in an uncontrolled way
col|lapse 2 [ kə`læps ] noun **
1. ) uncount a situation in which something fails or stops existing:
The same economic problems had led to the collapse of the military government.
be on the point/brink/verge of collapse: The justice system was described as being on the point of collapse.
2. ) uncount an occasion when a building or other structure falls down
3. ) count or uncount an occasion when someone falls down and becomes very sick or unconscious
4. ) singular a sudden fall in the value or level of something:
the collapse of the ruble
in a state of collapse
1. ) badly damaged or broken
2. ) very weak and ill
3. ) used about something such as an organization or system that has nearly stopped operating or existing

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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