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  ( crumbles    plural & 3rd person present)   ( crumbling    present participle)   ( crumbled    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If something crumbles, or if you crumble it, it breaks into a lot of small pieces.  
Under the pressure, the flint crumbled into fragments...      V  
Roughly crumble the cheese into a bowl.      V n  
2       verb   If an old building or piece of land is crumbling, parts of it keep breaking off.   (=disintegrate)  
The high and low-rise apartment blocks built in the 1960s are crumbling...      V  
The cliffs were estimated to be crumbling into the sea at the rate of 10ft an hour.      V prep/adv  
      Crumble away means the same as crumble., phrasal verb  
Britain's coastline stretches 4000 kilometres and much of it is crumbling away.      V P  
3       verb   If something such as a system, relationship, or hope crumbles, it comes to an end.  
Their economy crumbled under the weight of United Nations sanctions...      V  
      Crumble away means the same as crumble., phrasal verb  
Opposition more or less crumbled away.     
4       verb   If someone crumbles, they stop resisting or trying to win, or become unable to cope.  
He is a skilled and ruthless leader who isn't likely to crumble under pressure.      V  
5       n-var   A crumble is a baked pudding made from fruit covered with a mixture of flour, butter, and sugar.  
  (BRIT)   usu n N crumble.      crumble away  
    crumble 2, 3  
Traduction Dictionnaire Collins Anglais pour Apprenants  


1    bruise, crumb, crush, fragment, granulate, grind, pound, powder, pulverize, triturate  
2    break down, break up, collapse, come to dust, decay, decompose, degenerate, deteriorate, disintegrate, fall apart, go to pieces, go to wrack and ruin, moulder, perish, tumble down  

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Consulter aussi:

crumble away, crumb, crumbly, crumple

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