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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
collapse (verb)
intransitive verb
1.
to fall or shrink together abruptly and completely fall into a jumbled or flattened mass through the force of external pressure - a blood vessel that collapsed
2.
to break down completely - disintegrate his case had collapsed in a mass of legal wreckage Erle Stanley Gardner
3.
to cave or fall in or give way - the bridge collapsed
4.
to suddenly lose force, significance, effectiveness, or worth - fears that the currency may collapse
5.
to break down in vital energy, stamina, or self-control through exhaustion or disease , especially to fall helpless or unconscious
6.
transitive verb
to fold down into a more compact shape - a chair that collapses
1.
to cause to collapse - buildings collapsed by an earthquake
2.
- condense collapse several stories into one
collapse (noun)
1.
a) a breakdown in vital energy, strength, or stamina
b) a state of extreme prostration and physical depression (as from circulatory failure or great loss of body fluids)
c) an airless state of all or part of a lung originating spontaneously or induced surgically
2.
the act or action of - collapsing the cutting of many tent ropes, the collapse of the canvas Rudyard Kipling
3.
a sudden failure - breakdown ruin
4.
a sudden loss of force, value, or effect - the collapse of respect for ancient law and custom L. S. B. Leakey
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
collapse (noun)
1.
a complete depletion of energy or strength
SYNONIMS:
burnout, collapse, exhaustion, frazzle, lassitude, prostration, tiredness, weariness
RELATED WORDS:
debilitation, debility, disablement, enervation, enfeeblement, faintness, feebleness, frailness, frailty, impotence, infirmity, weakness; overfatigue; languor, lethargy, listlessness; sluggishness, slumber, stupor, torpidity, torpor; apathy, inertia, passiveness, passivity
NEAR ANTONYMS:
bounce, dash, drive, energy, ginger, go, liveliness, pep, punch, sap, snap, starch, verve, vigor, vim, vitality, zing, zip; might, muscle, potency, power, puissance, strength; briskness, jauntiness, spiritedness, sprightliness, vivaciousness, vivacity
refreshment, rejuvenation, rejuvenescence, revitalization
collapse (noun)
2.
a falling short of one's goals
SYNONIMS:
collapse, crash, cropper, defeat, fizzle, nonachievement, nonsuccess
RELATED WORDS:
futility, uselessness; ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness, inefficaciousness, inefficacy; deficiency, inadequacy, inadequateness, insufficiency; disappointment, letdown, setback
NEAR ANTONYMS:
victory, win
accomplishment, achievement, success
collapse (verb)
1.
to fall down or in as a result of physical pressure
SYNONIMS:
buckle, cave (in), crumple, founder, give, go, go out, implode, tumble, yield
RELATED WORDS:
deflate, flatten, melt, melt down; break, break down, conk (out), crash, die, fail, give out, stall; burst, shatter, smash, splinter, split; crack, crumble, pop, snap
give way
NEAR ANTONYMS:
inflate, rise, swell
collapse (verb)
2.
to be unsuccessful
SYNONIMS:
bomb, collapse, crater, flame out, flop, flunk, fold, founder, miss, strike out, tank, wash out
RELATED WORDS:
flounder, struggle; decline, sink, skid, slip, slump, wane; crash, crumble, miscarry, misfire; go under; implode, self-destruct
NEAR ANTONYMS:
cook, flourish, prosper, thrive; prevail, triumph, win
click, come off, deliver, go, go over, pan out, succeed, work out
collapse (verb)
3.
to reduce in size or volume by or as if by pressing parts or members together
SYNONIMS:
capsule, capsulize, collapse, compact, condense, constrict, constringe, contract, narrow (down), squeeze, telescope
RELATED WORDS:
cram, crowd, jam, jam-pack, pack; abbreviate, abridge, curtail, shorten; boil down, downsize, shrink; concentrate, consolidate; simplify, streamline; decrease, diminish, lessen
NEAR ANTONYMS:
dilate, disperse, dissipate, scatter; distend, inflate, swell
decompress, expand, open, outspread, outstretch
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