Definition of crumble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    crumble

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkrʌmbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrʌmbl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crumble
    BrE BrE//ˈkrʌmbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrʌmbl//
     
    he / she / it crumbles
    BrE BrE//ˈkrʌmblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrʌmblz//
     
    past simple crumbled
    BrE BrE//ˈkrʌmbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrʌmbld//
     
    past participle crumbled
    BrE BrE//ˈkrʌmbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrʌmbld//
     
    -ing form crumbling
    BrE BrE//ˈkrʌmblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrʌmblɪŋ//
     
    How a building looks
     
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  1. 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. She crumbled the dry earth into fine powdery dust.
  2. 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. See related entries: How a building looks
  3. 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.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: probably from an Old English word related to crumb.Idioms
    that’s the way the cookie crumbles
     
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    (informal) that is the situation and we cannot change it, so we must accept it

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