Fall - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fɔːl|  American pronunciation of the word fall
Brit.  |fɔːl|  British pronunciation of the word fall
irregular verb:  p.t. — fell  p.p. — fallen


- the season when the leaves fall from the trees (syn: autumn)
in the fall of 1973
- a sudden drop from an upright position (syn: spill, tumble)
- the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve
- a downward slope or bend (syn: declension, declination, decline, declivity, descent)
- a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity
a fall from virtue
- a sudden decline in strength or number or importance (syn: downfall)
the fall of the House of Hapsburg
- a movement downward
the rise and fall of the tides
- the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions) (syn: capitulation, surrender)
- the time of day immediately following sunset (syn: crepuscle, crepuscule, dusk, gloaming, nightfall, twilight)
they finished before the fall of night
- when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat (syn: pin)
- a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity (syn: drop)
- a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity (syn: dip, drop)
when that became known the price of their stock went into free fall


- descend in free fall under the influence of gravity
- move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way (syn: come down, descend, go down)
The barometer is falling
- pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind
fall into a trap
fall asleep
fall prey to an imposter
fall into a strange way of thinking
- come under, be classified or included (syn: come)
fall into a category
- fall from clouds (syn: come down, precipitate)
rain, snow and sleet were falling
- suffer defeat, failure, or ruin
We must stand or fall
fall by the wayside
- die, as in battle or in a hunt
Several deer have fallen to the same gun
- touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly (syn: shine, strike)
- be captured
- occur at a specified time or place
Christmas falls on a Monday this year
The accent falls on the first syllable
- decrease in size, extent, or range (syn: decrease, diminish, lessen)
- yield to temptation or sin
- lose office or power
- to be given by assignment or distribution
- move in a specified direction
The line of men fall forward
- be due
payments fall on the 1st of the month
- lose one's chastity
a fallen woman
- to be given by right or inheritance
- come into the possession of (syn: accrue)
- fall to somebody by assignment or lot (syn: light)
- be inherited by (syn: devolve, pass, return)
- slope downward
The hills around here fall towards the ocean
- lose an upright position suddenly (syn: fall down)
- drop oneself to a lower or less erect position
- fall or flow in a certain way (syn: flow, hang)
- assume a disappointed or sad expression
- be cast down
- come out; issue
- be born, used chiefly of lambs
- begin vigorously
- go as if by falling
- come as if by falling (syn: descend, settle)

Extra examples

An apple fell from the tree.

A vase fell off the shelf.

Rain fell from the sky.

The sound of the falling rain

She slipped and fell on the ice.

He fell flat on his face.

She was afraid that I would trip and fall.

He fell down the stairs.

One of the sailors had fallen overboard.

He fell back onto the bed.

A fall from a horse

She's had several bad falls in recent years.

A fall of three feet

The rise and fall of the tide

She went off to college in the fall.

Phrasal verbs

fall away  — get worse
fall back  — fall backwards and down
fall behind  — retreat
fall down  — lose an upright position suddenly
fall in  — break down, literally or metaphorically

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Word forms

I/you/we/they: fall
he/she/it: falls
present participle: falling
past tense: fell
past participle: fallen
singular: fall
plural: falls
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