Definition of Fall apart

1. Verb. Lose one's emotional or mental composure. "She fell apart when her only child died"

Exact synonyms: Go To Pieces
Generic synonyms: Break Down, Lose It, Snap

2. Verb. Go to pieces. "The old chair finally fell apart completely"
Exact synonyms: Break, Bust, Wear, Wear Out
Generic synonyms: Crumble, Decay, Dilapidate
Specialized synonyms: Fray, Frazzle
Related verbs: Break, Bust
Also: Break Apart, Break Away, Break Off, Break Up, Wear Away, Wear Away, Wear Off
Derivative terms: Breakable, Wear

3. Verb. Break or fall apart into fragments. "The Sphinx is crumbling"
Exact synonyms: Crumble
Generic synonyms: Disintegrate

4. Verb. Become separated into pieces or fragments. "These glasses fall apart easily"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
Exact synonyms: Break, Come Apart, Separate, Split Up
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity
Specialized synonyms: Break Open, Burst, Split, Puncture, Burst, Bust, Smash, Ladder, Run, Crack, Snap, Break Up, Fragment, Fragmentise, Fragmentize, Crush
Related verbs: Break
Derivative terms: Break, Break, Break, Breakable
Also: Break Up

Definition of Fall apart

1. Verb. (intransitive) To break into pieces through being in a dilapidated state. ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic) To be emotionally in crisis. ¹

3. Verb. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fall Apart

fall-blooming hydrangea
fall-off analysis
fall-out shelter
fall-run fish
fall about
fall about the place
fall all over
fall apart (current term)
fall armyworm
fall asleep
fall at the final hurdle
fall at the last hurdle
fall away
fall back
fall back on
fall back upon
fall behind
fall between two stools
fall board
fall by the wayside
fall cankerworm

Literary usage of Fall apart

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Elements of Metaphysics by Alfred Edward Taylor (1903)
"The two criteria of individuality, though ultimately coincident, tend in particular cases to fall apart for our insight, owing to the limitation of human ..."

2. An Introduction to Modern Logic by Rupert Clendon Lodge (1920)
"The sole aim of analysis is that the connection should be loosed and the material fall apart into its constituent elements. The bundle must cease to exist ..."

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