catastrophe collocations and examples

 UK /kəˈtæstrəfi/

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an event that causes great damage or sadness

Adjectives frequently used with catastrophe
serious: appalling, great, major, terribleIt was a relief to come through without any major catastrophes!about to happen: imminent, impending, loomingDespite predictions of imminent catastrophe, the expected famine failed to materialise.

Usage note

You can also say that someone or something is on the brink of a catastrophe: We may well be on the brink of the biggest catastrophe the modern world has ever witnessed.

types of catastrophe: climatic, ecological, economic, environmental, environmental, global, human, humanitarian, natural, nuclearA series of environmental catastrophes have befallen the country.

Verbs frequently used with catastrophe
cause a catastrophe: cause, create, provoke, trigger, unleashExcesses in the market could trigger a catastrophe at any time.avoid a catastrophe: avert, avoid, preventWe must take collective action if we are to stand any chance of averting a catastrophe.predict a catastrophe: foresee, predictSix or eight months ago, many were predicting catastrophe.suffer a catastrophe: sufferMy nation has suffered an appalling catastrophe.
Verbs that frequently follow catastrophe
when a catastrophe happens: happen, occur, strike, unfoldOn the day of the wedding, several catastrophes struck.when a catastrophe affects someone: befallCatastrophes have befallen those to whom we had looked most optimistically.
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