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collapse

verb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to fall down or in as a result of physical pressure
  • the motel balcony collapsed under the weight of so many people

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2 to be unsuccessful
  • the legal case collapsed in the face of the opposition's evidence

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3 to reduce in size or volume by or as if by pressing parts or members together
  • the novel collapses events from four separate trips into one long odyssey

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collapse

noun

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2 a falling short of one's goals
  • the complete collapse of the invasion set off a round of finger-pointing and recrimination

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The first known use of collapse was in 1620

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“Collapse.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/collapse. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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