Type: noun, verb

Definitions: (noun) A collapse is an act of falling down dramatically. (verb) Something collapses when it falls down dramatically.

Examples: (noun) The collapse of the economy 5 years ago means that unemployment is still very high. (noun) The collapse of the bridge means we can’t go over the river any longer. (verb) The economy collapsed 5 years ago and still hasn’t recovered. (verb) The bridge collapsed, but no one was hurt. (verb) He was so tired, he just collapsed onto that chair.

Synonyms: verbs: fall (apart), break (down). nouns: downfall, breakdown, failure.

Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 10 C