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col·lapse

collapse

 
 
pronunciation:
k laeps
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: collapses, collapsing, collapsed
definition 1: to fall down; give way; cave in.
The bridge collapsed because of heavy traffic.
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synonyms:
break, buckle, cave in, crumple, give
similar words:
break down, crack, crumble, explode, give way, slump, weaken
definition 2: to stop working or end suddenly; fail.
After the new attack, the peace talks collapsed.
synonyms:
break down, die, fail
similar words:
break, falter, flop, fold
definition 3: to have a construction which permits folding.
This is a kind of chair that collapses.
synonyms:
fold
definition 4: to suddenly lose strength or health because of disease or exhaustion.
She collapsed from a heart attack.
similar words:
break down, crack, faint, keel over, weaken
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a sudden falling down or in.
Seven workers were hurt in the mine collapse.
synonyms:
cave-in
similar words:
break, buckling, catastrophe, failure, fall, ruin, slump
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The word collapse contains the following parts:
col- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix col- is an assimilated form of com- used before roots beginning with "l," such as "loc" and "lect." See com-.
laps Latin root that means slip, fall back
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