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collapses

verb
present tense third-person singular of collapse

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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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collapses

noun
plural of collapse

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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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“Collapses.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/collapses. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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