Significado de “collapse” - en el Diccionario Inglés

collapse en inglés británico

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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.

Más ejemplos

  • It looks as if the whole political edifice of the country is about to collapse.
  • I should think you're about ready to collapse after all that walking.
  • The building's foundations are rather shaky, and it could collapse at any time.
  • At the end of the race his legs gave out and he collapsed on the ground.
  • The woman staggered and collapsed in a heap.

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.

Más ejemplos

  • The company is staggering under a $15 million debt and will almost certainly collapse by the end of the year.
  • Things have gone badly for him since his business collapsed.
  • All charges against them were withdrawn after the prosecution's case collapsed.
  • The talks have collapsed and both sides have resorted to brinkmanship.
  • She'd invested extensively in stocks and got her fingers burned when the market collapsed.

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.

Más ejemplos

  • The collapse of the company was described as the greatest financial debacle in US history.
  • The collapse of Communism changed East-West relations for ever.
  • The company is on the edge of collapse.
  • The collapse of its rivals brought fortuitous gains to the company.
  • The collapse of the bank is an ominous reminder of the fragility of the world's banking system.

(Definición de collapse del Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

collapse en inglés americano

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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.

(Definición de collapse del Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

collapse en inglés de negocios

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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.

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 market
a price/market collapse Did options accelerate the oil price collapse?

(Definición de collapse del Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)