Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “collapse”

collapse

verb (FALL)    /kəˈlæps/
B2 [I] to fall down suddenly because of pressure or having no strength or support : Thousands of buildings collapsed in the earthquake . The chair collapsed under her weight .figurative He thought his whole world had collapsed when his wife died .Falling and droppingMoving downwards B2 [I] If someone collapses, they fall down because of being sick or weak : He collapsed and died of a heart attack .Losing consciousness [I or T] to fold something into a smaller shape , usually so it can be stored , or ( especially of furniture ) to fold in this way: All chairs collapse for easy storage .Making things more or less smooth or straight
(Definition of collapse verb (FALL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of collapse

Definitions of “collapse” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

gastronomy

the art and knowledge involved in preparing and eating good food

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More