Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb fall_apart

4 senses of fall apart

Sense 1
fall apart, go to pieces -- (lose one's emotional or mental composure; "She fell apart when her only child died")
       => break down, lose it, snap -- (lose control of one's emotions; "When she heard that she had not passed the exam, she lost it completely"; "When her baby died, she snapped")

Sense 2
break, wear, wear out, bust, fall apart -- (go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely")
       => decay, crumble, dilapidate -- (fall into decay or ruin; "The unoccupied house started to decay")

Sense 3
crumble, fall apart -- (break or fall apart into fragments; "The cookies crumbled"; "The Sphinx is crumbling")
       => disintegrate -- (break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity; "The material disintegrated"; "the group disintegrated after the leader died")

Sense 4
break, separate, split up, fall apart, come apart -- (become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart")
       => change integrity -- (change in physical make-up)

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