- 1[intransitive, transitive] to break or break something into very small pieces Rice flour makes the cake less likely to crumble. crumble something Crumble the cheese over the salad.
- 2[intransitive] if a building or piece of land is crumbling, parts of it are breaking off buildings crumbling into dust crumbling stonework The cliff is gradually crumbling away. They live in a crumbling old mansion.
- 3[intransitive] to begin to fail or get weaker or to come to an end a crumbling business/relationship crumble away All his hopes began to crumble away. crumble into/to something The empire finally crumbled into dust. Idioms
NAmE//ˈkrʌmbl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crumble
he / she / it crumbles
past simple crumbled
-ing form crumbling
that is the situation and we cannot change it, so we must accept it
that's the way the cookie crumbles (informal)jump to other results