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collapse
British English: /kəˈlaps/
American English: /kəˈlæps/

Translation of collapse in French:

noun

  • 1 (of regime, system, empire, bank, front, price, currency, economy, market, hopes)
    effondrement (m) (of, in de)
    to be on the point ou brink of collapse
    être sur le point de s'effondrer
  • 4 (of person) (physical) to be close to collapse
    être sur le point de s'écrouler
    to be on the verge ou brink ou point of collapse
    être sur le point de s'effondrer

transitive verb

  • 1 (fold)
    plier (bike, umbrella)

intransitive verb

  • 1 (founder)
    (regime, system, empire, bank, currency, economy, hopes, plan)
    s'effondrer
    (case, trial, prosecution)
    échouer
    (deal, talks)
    échouer
    to collapse in chaos
    finir dans le chaos
  • 3 (slump)
    (person)
    s'écrouler (due to à cause de) (under sous)
    to collapse onto the bed/into somebody's arms
    s'effondrer sur le lit/dans les bras de quelqu'un
    to collapse and die
    mourir subitement
    to collapse in tears to collapse into giggles
    avoir le fou-rire
  • 4 (fall down)
    (building, bridge)
    s'effondrer (on, on top of sur)
    (tunnel, roof, wall)
    s'écrouler (on, on top of sur)
    (chair, bed)
    s'affaisser (under sous)
  • 5 (deflate)
    (balloon)
    se dégonfler
    (soufflé, pastry)
    tomber
  • 6 (Medicine)
    (lung)
    se dégonfler
    a collapsed lung
    un collapsus pulmonaire
  • 7 (fold)
    (bike, umbrella)
    se plier

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