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English definition of “collapse”

collapse

verb [I] (FAIL)    /kəˈlæps/
C2 (of people and business ) to suddenly be unable to continue or work correctly : Lots of people lost their jobs when the property market collapsed. Talks between management and unions have collapsed. Share prices collapsed (= became lower suddenly ) after news of poor trading .Failing and doing badlyStarting, succeeding and failing in business
(Definition of collapse verb (FAIL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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