crumple Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “crumple” in the English Dictionary

"crumple" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈkrʌ̩/
[I or T] to ​become, or ​cause something to ​become, ​full of ​folds that are not ​equal in ​size: This ​shirt crumples ​easily [I] If someone's ​face crumples, it ​becomesfull of ​lines because of a ​strongemotion: Her ​face crumpled withlaughter. [I] If someone crumples, they ​fall to the ​groundsuddenly: The ​bullethit him and he crumpled into a ​heap on the ​floor.
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(Definition of crumple from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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crumpleverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈkrʌm·pəl/
to ​becomefull of ​irregularfolds: [M] Stephanie crumpled up the ​letter and ​threw it away. Someone or something that crumples ​fallssuddenly: [I] The ​top of the ​mast was ​starting to crumple.
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