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

Translation of collapse in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (fall down)
    venirse abajo
    the floorboards collapsed under him
    las tablas del suelo cedieron bajo su peso
    Example sentences
    • The structure suddenly collapsed, sending lecturer and papers sprawling.
    • We can be reminded of the horror and the technical horror of these great structures collapsing.
    • Eye witness reports said part of the roofing structure collapsed onto a walkway which in turn buckled, causing the disaster.
    1.2 (Medicine)
    sufrir un colapso
    she collapsed from exhaustion
    sufrió un colapso debido al agotamiento
    Example sentences
    • A posterolateral thoracotomy was performed and the chest was entered through the fifth interspace, with the left lung collapsed.
    • He had sustained a penetrating bullet wound to his chest on the right side. Air had rushed into his chest and his right lung collapsed.
    • The operation was long and difficult and Emily spent four weeks in hospital undergoing physiotherapy because her lungs had collapsed.
    Example sentences
    • Horrified holidaymakers looked on as Jack collapsed unconscious following the accident, and a helicopter was called in to airlift him off the side of the mountain.
    • A York pensioner found collapsed at home with mysterious head injuries was fighting for his life in hospital today.
    • A man had collapsed in Victoria Place in the town and was unconscious.
  • 2 (fall)
    I collapsed into an armchair
    me desplomé en un sillón
    we collapsed with laughter
    nos desternillamos de risa
    Example sentences
    • A couple of years ago, as she was reaching the pinnacle of her career, she returned from an international book tour so exhausted that she collapsed into bed and slept for 24 hours.
    • Three days later, Shuttlesworth rose from bed, where he had remained since collapsing from exhaustion at the Gaston Motel press conference.
    • I hung up the phone and then collapsed in exhaustion onto my bed.
  • 3 (fail) they withdrew their support and the project collapsed
    retiraron su apoyo y el proyecto fracasó or se vino abajo
    Example sentences
    • When the tin market collapsed in the 80s, tens of thousands of unemployed miners turned to the cultivation of Bolivia's other major export - coca leaf.
    • The trial of a chief constable's staff officer accused of stealing a hi-fi from a police property store collapsed after a jury failed to reach a verdict on two charges of theft and one of forgery.
    • Needless to say, the BC treaty process has collapsed and failed to produce any results, so you have a very desperate situation in our communities.
  • 4
    caer en picada
    caer en picado (Spain)
    ir a la bancarrota
    Example sentences
    • When the Indonesian currency collapsed, the retail price of soya escalated, making the cooking oil far too expensive for the bulk of the people to afford.
    • It was perceived as a safe option as it would hold its value when other assets and currencies collapsed in value.
    • The chancellor had ordered a review of North Sea taxation in 1997, but was forced to put it on a back burner a year later when the oil price collapsed.
  • 5 5.1 (fold up)
    Example sentences
    • With another command, the Runabout's wings collapsed into themselves and folded up into their stowage position.
    • The behavior of these disks differs from a number of systems that collapse by forming folds which extend hundreds of microns into the aqueous phase.
    • The new building certainly looks extraordinary, collapsing in on itself, in folds and twists which defy the eye.
    also: collapsing present participle

transitive verb


countable and uncountable
  • 1 (of building, bridge) the news caused a collapse in share prices
    la noticia hizo que el precio de las acciones cayera en picada
    la noticia hizo que el precio de las acciones cayera en picado (Spain)
    Example sentences
    • Parts of the nave wall, which had fallen with the collapse of the tower in 1744, were re-built, a lowpitched roof and ceiling were added and galleries were installed.
    • Painting over the rust conceals, but does not postpone, the inevitable collapse of a rotten structure.
    • Fears have been growing about the safety of the structure since the near collapse of the former Marshall Snelgrove store in St Nicholas Street over the summer.
  • 2 (Medicine) I was in a state of (near) collapse
    estaba a punto de desplomarme or al borde del colapso
    Example sentences
    • Within three weeks of Castillon, Henry VI suffered a mental and physical collapse which lasted for 17 months and from which he may never have fully recovered.
    • Yet Christiane is also weak, suffering a mental collapse when her husband flees to the West, and refusing to live her life the way she wants to out of fear.
    • Hölder was offered a post in Tübingen in 1889 but unfortunately he suffered a mental collapse.
  • 3 (of plan)
    (of company) quiebra (feminine)
    the country is close to economic collapse
    el país está al borde de la ruina or de la bancarrota
    Example sentences
    • Sure, an economic collapse or political shock could reverse these gains.
    • Some of the more spectacular failures include the collapse of Pan American Airways in 1991.
    • A sudden collapse of the pound could lead to equal and opposite problems, such as galloping inflation.
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