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Meaning of “collapse” in the English Dictionary

"collapse" in British English

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collapseverb

uk   us   /kəˈlæps/
  • collapse verb (FALL)

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 herweight.figurative He ​thought his ​wholeworld had collapsed when his ​wifedied.B2 [I] If someone collapses, they ​fall down because of being ​sick or ​weak: He collapsed and ​died of a ​heartattack. [I or T] to ​fold something into a ​smallershape, usually so it can be ​stored, or (​especially of ​furniture) to ​fold in this way: All ​chairs collapse for ​easystorage.

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  • collapse verb (FAIL)

C2 [I] (of ​people and ​business) to ​suddenly be ​unable to ​continue or ​workcorrectly: Lots of ​peoplelosttheirjobs when the ​propertymarket collapsed. Talks between ​management and ​unions have collapsed. Share ​prices collapsed (= ​becamelowersuddenly) after ​news of ​poortrading.

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collapsenoun

uk   us   /kəˈlæps/
  • collapse noun (FAILURE)

B2 [C or U] the ​suddenfailure of a ​system, ​organization, ​business, etc.: I don't ​know what ​caused the collapse of her ​marriage. A ​pooreconomy has ​caused the collapse of thousands of ​smallbusinesses. Negotiations between the two ​countries are on the ​brink/​verge of collapse (= very ​soon going to ​fail). He suffered a ​mental/​nervous collapse after ten ​years' ​teaching.

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(Definition of collapse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"collapse" in American English

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collapseverb

 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.

collapsenoun [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 ​extremephysicalweakness or unconsciousness in a ​person: [U] Toward the end of the ​race he was near collapse.
(Definition of collapse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"collapse" in Business English

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collapseverb [I]

uk   us   /kəˈlæps/
to suddenly ​fail or become unable to continue: the system/economy/government, etc. collapses Without ​computers the whole ​economicsystem would collapse.a company/bank/industry, etc. collapses The ​bank collapsed after an ​allegedmassivefraud. talks/​negotiations collapse
FINANCE to suddenly ​fall to a much ​lowerlevel: prices/shares collapse Share ​prices collapsed after ​news of ​poortrading. Construction ​jobs were ​lost as the ​propertymarket collapsed.

collapsenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /kəˈlæps/
the sudden ​failure of a ​system, ​organization, ​business, etc.: A ​pooreconomy has caused the collapse of thousands of ​smallbusinesses.on the brink/verge of collapse Negotiations between the two ​companies are on the ​brink of collapse
FINANCE a sudden ​fall to a much ​lowerlevel: the collapse of the American ​realestatemarketa price/market collapse Did ​optionsaccelerate the ​oilprice collapse?
(Definition of collapse from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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