Translation of collapse in Spanish:


derrumbarse, v.

Pronunciation /kəˈlaps//kəˈlæps/

intransitive verb

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    • 1.1(fall down)

      (bridge/building) derrumbarse
      (building/bridge) desmoronarse
      (building/bridge) desplomarse
      (roof) hundirse
      (roof) venirse abajo
      the floorboards collapsed under him las tablas del suelo cedieron bajo su peso
      • The structure suddenly collapsed, sending lecturer and papers sprawling.
      • Mr Chipungu said in an interview in Lusaka that due to weak culverts, the bridge, which connects Luangwa to the rest of the country, was caving in and might collapse any time.
      • A person might point out a building and report they knew a family member was in a certain room on a certain floor when the structure collapsed.
      • I'm not an engineer, I don't have a total grasp of airflow, but if a building is collapsing it creates a tremendous pressure below, pressing the air out.
      • However, only a very small segment of the affected structure collapsed, approximately half an hour after impact.
      • With little or no maintenance in a half-century, the structures are collapsing.
      • If weak foundations cause a structure to collapse, the strengthening of that foundation is needed before a new structure can be erected.
      • The roof had collapsed on top of him, Saki had tried to get him out, but couldn't.
      • The barn was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived on the scene and the structure eventually collapsed.
      • But by the 15th row, if the bricks are not perfectly lined up, the whole structure will collapse.
      • It tasted very good, but it ended up looking like a big mess, the layers collapsed and the structure was lost.
      • ‘The danger is that the broken piece could cause the whole structure to collapse on nearby buildings,’ said one fire officer.
      • The walls of the Kingdom started to crumble and collapse, huge pieces falling down onto the helpless Elves.
      • Suddenly, the hallway wall fell and collapsed into the entrance of the cafeteria.
      • He said he had conflicting reports of what had happened to his father in the fire. He might have fallen through a burning floor or the roof might have collapsed on him.
      • We can be reminded of the horror and the technical horror of these great structures collapsing.
      • And 1,884 school buildings collapsed and 11,761 structures were damaged.
      • Eye witness reports said part of the roofing structure collapsed onto a walkway which in turn buckled, causing the disaster.
      • The structure collapsed in a cloud of dust and debris.
      • There, sandwiched between a hairdresser and a mobile phone shop, is the long-abandoned Irish Alamo, with its roof collapsing and its walls falling in.

    • 1.2Medicine

      (person) sufrir un colapso
      she collapsed from exhaustion sufrió un colapso debido al agotamiento
      • What is not so good is the fact that, due to extensive chemotherapy, my veins have all collapsed.
      • A York pensioner found collapsed at home with mysterious head injuries was fighting for his life in hospital today.
      • Then they realized he had a bullet lodged between his heart and collapsed lung.
      • A man had collapsed in Victoria Place in the town and was unconscious.
      • It was there he began forging prescriptions to supply himself with the painkiller pethidine, which he injected for six months to the point where his veins collapsed.
      • RSPCA officers and the rescue volunteers then spent much of the day trying to keep the whale upright to stop its lungs collapsing.
      • The dangers it poses were highlighted by the Yorkshire Post two years ago, when in a single weekend, six young people collapsed in Leeds after taking it.
      • IP is in hospital - collapsed lung, broken ribs, swelling & bruising.
      • A posterolateral thoracotomy was performed and the chest was entered through the fifth interspace, with the left lung collapsed.
      • But in some cases cats' lungs collapse or their ribs fracture due to difficulty breathing.
      • And in fact, there is evidence that the jugular vein has collapsed.
      • People collapsing in a mid-summer heat wave isn't so rare, so here are some tips for people as they head to the crazy fun of the parade.
      • The victim collapses suddenly into unconsciousness.
      • Air entering his lungs, he collapsed in the corner farthest away from me.
      • He survived the accident for a week and was recovering from two operations on a broken pelvis when he contracted an infection and his lungs collapsed.
      • There was no drinking water, and people collapsed from heat stroke.
      • Unfortunately, the day after her endoscopic therapy, she collapsed due to dehydration, which was treated with IV fluids.
      • The fabric was sodden, but the bleeding had ceased, perhaps the vein had collapsed.
      • Surfactant helps to keep the baby's alveoli open; without surfactant, the lungs collapse and the baby is unable to breathe.
      • They showed that in the emphysematous lung, the airways collapsed early in expiration and trapped expired air.
      • Naturally, this is exactly the time of the year when one comes across people collapsing owing to heat strokes.
      • 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.
      • Thereafter, a continuing rise in inflation pressure with volume opened the flooded and collapsed lung abruptly.
      • He then collapsed behind the podium and died of a heart attack.
      • He then collapsed to the floor from the effort, instantly unconscious.
      • The operation was long and difficult and Emily spent four weeks in hospital undergoing physiotherapy because her lungs had collapsed.
      • Another neighbour said he had heard that the woman had collapsed and fallen down stairs.
      • He was restrained, but struggled to break lose and collapsed a short time later.
      • 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.
      • Miraculously, Cobb survived a torn aorta, torn diaphragm, collapsed left lung and kidney failure.
      • But Luke Emmerson knew exactly what to do when his mother collapsed on Scarborough seafront and suffered frightening injuries.
      • At least eight people collapsed, including one soldier, and were treated for heat stress.
      • King of skiffle Lonnie Donegan died after collapsing just hours before he was due to take the stage in York.
      • I collapsed, was resuscitated, struggled for a bit, and was moved to the intensive care unit and then to another hospital.
      • She had a ruptured liver, one collapsed lung, one punctured lung, broken ribs and broken collar bone as well as the huge gash in her back and other injuries.
      • The pilot quickly emptied it and Beck collapsed onto the deck of the mini-sub.
      • He then fell ill with pneumonia and died after a lung collapsed and he suffered kidney failure.
      • Her lungs collapsed, her skull was fractured, and she had lost the vision in her left eye.
      • A teenager has described his terror when his best friend collapsed from a serious head injury.
      • The first goal can usually be achieved by using PEEP to recruit and stabilize previously collapsed lung tissue.

  • 2

    (person) desplomarse
    I collapsed into an armchair me desplomé en un sillón
    • we collapsed with laughter nos desternillamos de risa
    • We collapsed in laughter and exhaustion onto the sofa and switched the telly on.
    • He ran himself into the ground, and collapsed with exhaustion at the end of the game.
    • 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.
    • Tenchiki entered his room and collapsed onto his yet folded futon.
    • As for me, I trudged myself up to my room, threw down my bag and folder, and collapsed onto a space on my floor.
    • And at one point on the set she and another actress collapsed in fits of laughter because Walters was unable to glare angrily.
    • I hoped to wake up a bit on the tube ride north but that didn't happen either, and I eventually found myself staggering home with just enough energy to open the front door, close it and collapse on the duvet.
    • In fact, the last time he was in London we had a memorable night out on the town, with him finally collapsing on my couch in Soho after we got in from a nightclub at 6am.
    • 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.
    • Her eyes filling with tears, Autumn backed away from the door and back to her cot where she collapsed.
    • Not long after, the turmoil took its toll and she collapsed on set with exhaustion.
    • With a final cry of exhaustion Joy collapsed on the ground.
    • He collapsed in pain and exhaustion just as the door burst open again.
    • However, even allowing for the unsuitability of his footwear, the attempt on goal that follows is truly awful and Abramovich collapses in fits of laughter as the ball limply trundles wide of the post.
    • He slammed the door shut behind him and collapsed against it, closing his eyes and gulping air in an effort to quell his anger.
    • Late that night, when the children had fallen asleep and the last neighbour had collapsed under the table, Aurelia appeared in her glittery dress.
    • He wandered back to his cell, and collapsed onto his cot.
    • We returned to the flat and collapsed onto the sofa again before putting music on the CD player again.
    • He rescued more injured comrades and extinguished the fire before collapsing from exhaustion.
  • 3

    venirse abajo
    they withdrew their support and the project collapsed retiraron su apoyo y el proyecto fracasó / se vino abajo
    • Pete Elliot and J Middleton started well for Wistow but the middle order collapsed against C Jeffries and S Bugg as Selby won by seven runs.
    • Although consumer confidence has not collapsed it could sink low enough to delay any recovery and ultimately deepen any recession.
    • 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.
    • Months later, the Japanese stock market collapsed.
    • The company collapsed when it failed to change with the times.
    • In our temperate climate, there are few lessons for us, apart maybe from the ease with which any sense of law and order collapsed in the confusion that followed.
    • My conclusion at the time was that the Labour government had failed and collapsed not because it was too left wing, but not left wing enough.
    • Mobile phone networks collapsed, as thousands tried to call loved ones at the same time.
    • The Government was last night urged to launch an inquiry after ambitious plans for a new east coast marina appeared to have finally collapsed after a bitter six-year feud.
    • Civilization has not collapsed and anarchy has failed to reign since we have had gay marriage in Ontario.
    • The government has to respond to the committee report, which is calling for intervention in areas such as parts of Manchester, where the housing market has collapsed.
    • It applies from Somalia to Kosovo to Sierra Leone - that the peacekeeping force must be prepared to replace the governmental structure that has collapsed.
    • Almost the entire telephone network has collapsed, increasing panic among the inhabitants.
    • The pair's partnership finally collapsed when Gore's team lost the contested election by a ruling of the US Supreme Court.
    • Last year, three years after Sarah died, the marriage finally collapsed.
    • Aids is ravaging a continent beset by rising levels of malaria and tuberculosis; many health services have collapsed.
    • Where all state order has collapsed, the assessment problem is whether there is an armed group that bears more responsibility than any other for the gravest human rights abuses.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • If the market collapses for this fish, then the boats will stop fishing for it.
  • 4

    (currency/prices) caer en picada
    (currency/prices) caer en picado Spain
    (company) quebrar
    (company) ir a la bancarrota
    • 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.
    • Over the past decade the dysfunctional global financial system has experienced repeated currency collapses.
    • 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.
    • France was isolated; its economy and currency were collapsing.
    • The worst-case scenario is that the single currency will collapse, leaving member countries to start afresh with their discarded currencies.
    • The price of silver collapsed as other countries rushed to join Germany on the ‘gold standard’.
    • Its cash strength saw it through the turbulent waters of the early 1990s when the price of property collapsed.
    • There hasn't been enough water to grow vegetables here since January; the rice crop was poor this year because of drought, and the rice price collapsed.
    • But when prices collapsed in the mid-1970s there was little left but neglected farms and a once promising agricultural sector.
    • Institutions are rejecting warnings that house prices could collapse because low interest rates are likely to be held far into next year.
    • It was perceived as a safe option as it would hold its value when other assets and currencies collapsed in value.
    • The share price collapsed from 246p to 36p and the company had to be saved by a £277m rights issue.
    • Who knew the share-price was about to collapse because the structure was so unsteady?
    • In both cases the currency collapsed rather quickly in spite of the loans.
    • Even though the currency was collapsing and the poverty was bad, you could see the history and beauty in it.
    • But Iran and Venezuela urging restraint, fearing oil prices could collapse if the market gets swamped.
    • The company's share price collapsed during the technology downturn, to the point where it was worth less than the cash it had in the bank.
    • Sure, it hurts to see a stock continue to rise once you have sold it, but it is often better to sell on the way up than to wait until you have to dump the stock while the price is collapsing after its peak.
    • After the price collapsed, Tan was investigated for manipulating the market.
    • The share price subsequently collapsed to a recent price of around $2.
  • 5

    • 5.1(fold up)

      (chair/table) plegarse
      • The new building certainly looks extraordinary, collapsing in on itself, in folds and twists which defy the eye.
      • 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.

    • 5.2collapsing present participle

      (chair/table) plegable

transitive verb

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    (table) plegar


  • 1

    (of building, bridge)
    derrumbe masculine
    desmoronamiento masculine
    the news caused a collapse in share prices la noticia hizo que el precio de las acciones cayera en picada
    • That day, the paper clearly felt that the collapse of a local railway bridge under the weight of a passing train was not enough.
    • He said he was unhappy that there had been no commitment to carry out necessary work on bridge which suffered a sudden collapse at the end of last year.
    • This additional loading and damage were sufficient to induce the collapse of both structures.
    • But it eventually fell out of use and into disrepair until, in the mid-1990s, the structure suffered a serious collapse.
    • In Berlin, Rejean becomes disillusioned by the commercialization of the Wall's collapse and suffers a breakdown.
    • Painting over the rust conceals, but does not postpone, the inevitable collapse of a rotten structure.
    • Aside from the structural collapse, there was considerable soot damage from fire, especially on the upper floors.
    • The collapse of the bridge structure caused the minibus to drop 4 meters, injuring two passengers.
    • These dogs specialize in structural collapses and drowning victims.
    • They are designed to help the structure resist progressive collapse if a column is lost.
    • Later period kilns also used broken pots to pack out the roof, to help prevent any sudden collapses as the temperature rises.
    • It was feared at first that the building would be left structurally unsafe following the collapse of the roof.
    • 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.
    • A house is close to collapse after a gas leak caused an explosion just after 8am this morning.
    • While that was a nuisance and upset to residents, there was no structural damage, or collapses.
    • Inspection indicated no rock collapse or fall of trees but the surface of the normally placid water was said to be seen rippling.
    • The upward force of the explosion caused each floor on the four-storey building to ‘pancake’, leading to the structure's collapse.
    • The agency reportedly based its recommendation on a study by the ITB team, which said the blocks were no longer structurally sound and were in danger of collapse.
    • Even earthquakes alone can be strong enough to trigger the collapse of a structurally weakened volcano.
    • 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.
  • 2

    colapso masculine
    I was in a state of (near) collapse estaba a punto de desplomarme / al borde del colapso
    • Hölder was offered a post in Tübingen in 1889 but unfortunately he suffered a mental collapse.
    • Caroline Lynch makes a strong impression as Lady Macbeth but the truncated text allows her little room for development and so her collapse and death feel sudden and unaccountable.
    • By the time he made it there, he was absolutely exhausted and on the verge of a mental collapse.
    • He describes a scene surrounding the collapse of a young woman on an aeroplane, who appears pale, ‘dead, or dying,’ with dilated pupils.
    • At the height of his fame he suffered a nervous collapse, precipitated by family tragedy.
    • Defibrillation within three minutes of a witnessed collapse gave the best chance of survival.
    • There was nothing much more to be said, because I could sense how scared Will had been at my sudden collapse and I also could feel his apologetic air.
    • Andrew took a number of the tablets, began behaving oddly and was close to collapse at the end of the night.
    • The life saving pack contains equipment to deal with heart conditions, falls and other home accidents, sports accidents, collapses and seizures and many other emergencies.
    • They told me she'd suffered a collapse, all the heat and standing around in there must've got to her since she wasn't feeling well before.
    • After his return to Lithuania he suffered a mental collapse, and he died in an asylum near Warsaw.
    • 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.
    • Dr Benbow said Mr Rigby was ‘close to death’ and may have suffered a terminal collapse and fallen after going on to the balcony for some fresh air.
    • The impact on health is that many of the improving measures of mortality that were seen before the collapse have been replaced by increasing disparities afterwards.
    • Banquo's ghost was dispensed with, though Ian McKellen's astonishing evocation of Macbeth's mental collapse made any physical manifestation redundant.
    • Indeed Einstein's life had been hectic and he was to pay the price in 1928 with a physical collapse brought on through overwork.
    • She was close to collapse but noted that the young, smartly dressed woman on her doorstep didn't physically help her.
    • 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.
    • It had been widely reported that Terri suffered from a eating disorder which caused a chemical imbalance that led to her collapse.
    • During his attacks Schumann too feared that he would take his own life or suffer a complete mental collapse.
  • 3

    (of plan) fracaso masculine
    (of company) quiebra feminine
    the country is close to economic collapse el país está al borde de la ruina / de la bancarrota
    • The surge has sparked concerns that property prices are rising too fast, and that a sudden collapse could damage the overall economy and cause financial sector insolvencies.
    • 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.
    • Yet, there is a real danger that a complete collapse of the dollar will harm the eurozone more than the US.
    • Fears persist that the collapse of both institutions is unavoidable, leaving a dangerous political vacuum which could be filled by increased violence.
    • For members of AI, the debate is triggered by distress at the suffering in states torn apart by armed conict or by the collapse of governmental structures.
    • One creditor owed a four figure sum demanded an inquiry into the sudden collapse of the club.
    • Wickets fell steadily, but not too fast, until suddenly we had a collapse, four wickets falling for ducks.
    • That timescale has long since passed, and the Football Association has admitted the whole scheme was close to collapse unless they procured more central funding.
    • On the ground, societies went into free fall with the collapse of the Soviet Union.
    • When the New Rome falls, its collapse may come from within.
    • Crawford was referring to allegations in a leaked Scottish Enterprise document that a number of the agency's projects are close to collapse because of mismanagement and internal squabbling.
    • Overseas visitors to Kerry who have been affected by the sudden collapse of an American tour operator have been promised they would return home with happy memories of their trip.
    • This has prompted warnings that the disclosure of the real level of bad debt could set off a wave of corporate failures and banking collapses in the following year.
    • Is British manufacturing in difficulty, as seen in the case of MG Rover's collapse this month, or in fact in a healthy condition - as seen by Honda's continued success?
    • The world has not been clearly reconfigured since the end of the Cold War, which signaled the collapse of a two-polar structure in the world.
    • In the end, Cicero himself fell prey to a collapse of the representative system of government his vision of political rhetoric had fostered.
    • The service sector is the only industry where BDO predicts a fall in business collapses.
    • Sure, an economic collapse or political shock could reverse these gains.
    • A small family business has revealed how the sudden collapse of construction company Benson left it £52,000 out of pocket.