fall apart

fall a·part
F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawl uh-pahrt]
    • /fɔl əˈpɑrt/
    • /fɔːl əˈpɑːt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl uh-pahrt]
    • /fɔl əˈpɑrt/

Definitions of fall apart words

  • intransitivephrasal verb fall apart physically: into pieces 1
  • intransitivephrasal verb fall apart emotionally: lose control 1
  • phrasal verb fall apart If something falls apart, it breaks into pieces because it is old or badly made. 0
  • phrasal verb fall apart If an organization or system falls apart, it becomes disorganized or unable to work effectively, or breaks up into its different parts. 0
  • phrasal verb fall apart If you say that someone is falling apart, you mean that they are becoming emotionally disturbed and are unable to think calmly or to deal with the difficult or unpleasant situation that they are in. 0
  • verb fall apart to break owing to long use or poor construction 0

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fall apart popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for fall apart

verb fall apart

  • collapse — If a building or other structure collapses, it falls down very suddenly.
  • crumble — If something crumbles, or if you crumble it, it breaks into a lot of small pieces.
  • break — When an object breaks or when you break it, it suddenly separates into two or more pieces, often because it has been hit or dropped.
  • crack up — If someone cracks up, they are under such a lot of emotional strain that they become mentally ill.
  • go to pieces — a separate or limited portion or quantity of something: a piece of land; a piece of chocolate.

Antonyms for fall apart

verb fall apart

  • build — If you build something, you make it by joining things together.

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