1. [ verb ] break or fall apart into fragments
Synonyms: crumble

"The cookies crumbled" "The Sphinx is crumbling"

Related terms: disintegrate
2. [ verb ] pass into a solution
Synonyms: dissolve

"The sugar quickly dissolved in the coffee"

Related terms: disintegrate dissolution
3. [ verb ] go to pieces
Synonyms: wear_out wear bust break

"The lawn mower finally broke" "The gears wore out" "The old chair finally fell apart completely"

Related terms: decay fray chip chip crash crash wear_away wear_away whittle_away break wear
4. [ verb ] lose one's emotional or mental composure
Synonyms: go_to_pieces

"She fell apart when her only child died"

Related terms: break_down
5. [ verb ] become separated into pieces or fragments
Synonyms: break separate come_apart split_up

"The figurine broke" "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"

Related terms: change_integrity burst snap break_up ladder burst puncture smash crush decompose break break fault
Similar spelling:   fall_for