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collapse noun

1 building, etc. suddenly falling

ADJ. sudden the sudden collapse of the bridge

PHRASES be in danger of collapse

2 medical condition

ADJ. sudden | mental, nervous, physical

VERB + COLLAPSE be close to, be on the point/verge of She was on the verge of nervous collapse.

PREP. ~ from his collapse from exhaustion

PHRASES a state of collapse He was in a state of mental and physical collapse.

3 sudden/complete failure of sth

ADJ. complete, total | general | virtual | sudden | economic, financial the sudden economic collapse of 2001

VERB + COLLAPSE bring about, contribute to, lead to, result in The war has led to the collapse of agriculture in the area. | face, be faced with | be on the brink/point/verge of | prevent

PREP. ~ into a collapse into anarchy