collapse

collapse
I. collapse col‧lapse 1 [kəˈlæps] verb [intransitive]
if a company, organization, or system collapses, it suddenly fails or becomes too weak to continue:

• We did not want existing company pension schemes to collapse.

  [m0] II. collapse collapse 2 noun [countable, uncountable]
when a company, organization, or system suddenly fails or becomes too weak to continue:

• The province has become sadly familiar with news of redundancies and company collapses.

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collapse UK US /kəˈlæps/ verb [I]
to suddenly fail or become unable to continue: the system/economy/government, etc. collapses »

Without computers the whole economic system would collapse.

a company/bank/industry, etc. collapses »

The bank collapsed after an alleged massive fraud.

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talks/negotiations collapse

FINANCE to suddenly fall to a much lower level: prices/shares collapse »

Share prices collapsed after news of poor trading.

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Construction jobs were lost as the property market collapsed.

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collapse UK US /kəˈlæps/ noun [C or U]
the sudden failure of a system, organization, business, etc.: »

A poor economy has caused the collapse of thousands of small businesses.

on the brink/verge of collapse »

Negotiations between the two companies are on the brink of collapse

FINANCE a sudden fall to a much lower level: »

the collapse of the American real estate market

a price/market collapse »

Did options accelerate the oil price collapse?


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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