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"collapse" in British English

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collapseverb

uk   /kəˈlæps/ 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 her weight.figurative He thought his whole world had collapsed when his wife died.
B2 [I] If someone collapses, they fall down because of being sick or weak: He collapsed and died of a heart attack.
[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.

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  • collapse verb (FAIL)

C2 [I] (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.

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collapsenoun

uk   /kəˈlæps/ us   /kəˈlæps/
  • collapse noun (FAILURE)

B2 [C or U] the sudden failure of a system, organization, business, etc.: I don't know what caused the collapse of her marriage. A poor economy has caused the collapse of thousands of small businesses. 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 extreme physical weakness 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   /kəˈlæps/ us  
to suddenly fail or become unable to continue: the system/economy/government, etc. collapses Without computers the whole economic system would collapse.a company/bank/industry, etc. collapses The bank collapsed after an alleged massive fraud. talks/negotiations collapse
FINANCE to suddenly fall to a much lower level: prices/shares collapse Share prices collapsed after news of poor trading. Construction jobs were lost as the property market collapsed.

collapsenoun [C or U]

uk   /kəˈlæps/ us  
the sudden failure of a system, organization, business, etc.: A poor economy has caused the collapse of thousands of small businesses.on the brink/verge of collapse Negotiations between the two companies are on the brink of collapse
FINANCE a sudden fall to a much lower level: the collapse of the American real estate marketa price/market collapse Did options accelerate the oil price collapse?
(Definition of collapse from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“collapse” in American English

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