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collapse

verb  us   /kəˈlæps/

collapse verb (FALL)

[I/T] to fall down suddenly, or to cause to fall down: [I] A piece of the wall collapsed on top of him.

collapse verb (FAIL)

[I] to be unable to continue or to stay in operation; fail: Talks between management and unions collapsed today.

collapse

noun [C/U]  us   /kəˈlæps/
an inability to continue or to stay in operation: [U] the collapse of the Soviet empire Collapse can also refer to an attack of extreme physical weakness or unconsciousness in a person: [U] Toward the end of the race he was near collapse.
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