The roof collapsed under a heavy load of snow.
The chair he was sitting in collapsed.
He collapsed on stage during the performance and had to be rushed to the hospital.
She came home from work and collapsed on the sofa.
The crying child ran to his mother and collapsed in her arms.
The civilization collapsed for reasons that are still unknown.
He warned that such measures could cause the economy to collapse. Noun
The structure is in danger of collapse.
She was on the verge of collapse.
The country has endured civil war and economic collapse. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Similarly, warm cake may collapse or crumble and feel soggy as well.—Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2023 China’s Hidden Century is the new exhibition at the British Museum considering history and culture in China from, roughly, 1796, when the Qing dynasty ruled over one-third of all humanity to 1912, when imperial rule collapsed.—Brian T. Allen, National Review, 23 Sep. 2023 Variety reported at the time that a number of contestants — who were not paid for their participation in the series — collapsed on set from a combination of cold and fatigue.—K.j. Yossman, Variety, 22 Sep. 2023 And when you’re done traveling, the suitcase collapses into itself to store it at about half the size, which is ideal for travelers living in small apartments.—Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 22 Sep. 2023 By the end of the track, V gives all the performers a thumbs-up for a job well done and jokingly collapses into his seat.—Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 21 Sep. 2023 Lebanon’s economic meltdown, brought on when the government defaulted on its foreign debt and the currency collapsed, triggered months of protests demanding deep political reforms and accountability from corrupt sectarian elites.—Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Sep. 2023 The collapsing commitment to offices is proving to be highly disruptive for cities.—Ian Goldin, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2023 This week, during the matches in New York, a fan collapsed in the stands from the 100-degree heat index.—Marek Makowski, The New Republic, 9 Sep. 2023
That marks the index’s lowest level since March, when the collapses of regional lenders Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank roiled financial markets.—Krystal Hur, CNN, 26 Sep. 2023 This is part of a three-part Heard on the Street series on the 25th anniversary of Long-Term Capital Management’s collapse.—Telis Demos, WSJ, 25 Sep. 2023 Before the collapse of FTX, Bankman-Fried led a heady life.—Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2023 Macron had relied on Niger as an ally with a growing role following the collapse of relations with Mali.—Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2023 Despite alarm bells, economists say China is likely not on the verge of collapse, but this could be a turning point.—Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Sep. 2023 Until the collapse of FTX in November, FTX Europe was the only firm to offer a popular form of crypto derivates called perpetual futures, or perps, to the European market, thanks to a key Cypriot regulatory license.—Leo Schwartz, Fortune Crypto, 22 Sep. 2023 Headline of the day: House Republicans' government funding bill is now at risk of collapse
The leaders of the House GOP's ultraconservative wing who negotiated the deal are frustrated that other ultraconservatives say the bill is too weak and want to kill it.—Mark Murray, NBC News, 19 Sep. 2023 Well, because the logical step – .if this plea agreement, if the gun part of that plea agreement, collapses – is to challenge the underlying law.—Fox News Staff, Fox News, 8 Sep. 2023 See More
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Verb and Noun
Latin collapsus, past participle of collabi, from com- + labi to fall, slide — more at sleep
: a breakdown in vital energy, strength, or stamina : complete sudden enervation
the daughter's mental collapse through mounting frustration—Leslie Rees
: a state of extreme prostration and physical depression resulting from circulatory failure, great loss of body fluids, or heart disease and occurring terminally in diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever, and pneumonia
: an airless state of a lung of spontaneous origin or induced surgically see atelectasis
: an abnormal falling together of the walls of an organ