Meaning of “implode” in the English Dictionary

"implode" in British English

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implodeverb [ I ]

uk /ɪmˈpləʊd/ us /ɪmˈploʊd/

specialized physics to fall towards the inside with force:

The vacuum inside the tube caused it to implode when the external air pressure was increased.
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to fail suddenly and completely and be unable to operate:

Their economy is in danger of imploding.
implosion
noun [ C or U ] uk /ɪmˈpləʊ.ʒən/ us /ɪmˈploʊ.ʒən/ specialized

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

"implode" in Business English

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implodeverb [ I ]

uk /ɪmˈpləʊd/ us

to fail suddenly and completely:

His campaign imploded during the summer amid charges of mismanagement and overspending.
an economy/industry/market implodes When contracts for the new bridge were being negotiated, the American steel industry imploded.

(Definition of “implode” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)