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fall

fall

 
pronunciation:
fawl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
phrases:
fall back on, fall off, fall under
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: falls, falling, fell, fallen
definition 1: to drop downward or to a lower position; descend.
The curtain fell.He fell from the top of the tree.
 
synonyms:
descend, drop, plunge
antonyms:
ascend, rise
similar words:
avalanche, cascade, come down, decline, pitch, topple, tumble
definition 2: to lessen; abate.
The level of activity fell considerably.
synonyms:
abate, decrease, diminish, drop, ebb, lessen
antonyms:
rise
similar words:
decline, dip, drop off, dwindle, fade
definition 3: to hang down.
His hair fell in curls onto his forehead.
synonyms:
hang
similar words:
dangle, drop
definition 4: to be slain.
He fell in battle.
synonyms:
perish
similar words:
croak, die
definition 5: to be defeated or conquered.
The fort fell under enemy attack.
similar words:
capitulate, succumb, surrender
definition 6: to happen; occur.
Night fell.
synonyms:
happen, occur, take place
similar words:
befall, betide, come, come to pass
definition 7: to become; pass into a particular condition or position.
She fell ill.Hiking with a group, he fell behind.
synonyms:
become
similar words:
drop, lapse, slide, take
definition 8: to fail to resist temptation.
synonyms:
err
similar words:
backslide, sin, stray, transgress
definition 9: of the sight, to be directed to.
Her eyes fell on the lost pearl.
similar words:
rest
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to cut down (a tree) or bring down (an animal or person); fell.
synonyms:
fell
similar words:
cut down, smite, strike down
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phrase: fall back on
phrase: fall off
phrase: fall under
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or process of falling to a lower place.
synonyms:
descent, drop, plunge, tumble
antonyms:
ascent, rise
similar words:
decline, dive, spill, stumble
definition 2: a sudden decline in elevation.
similar words:
decline, descent, drop, lowering
definition 3: a downward slope.
synonyms:
decline, slope
antonyms:
rise
similar words:
dip, downgrade, slant
definition 4: (usu. pl.) a sudden drop in a river or stream that causes water to fall; waterfall.
synonyms:
cascade, waterfall
similar words:
cataract
definition 5: autumn.
synonyms:
autumn
similar words:
Indian summer
definition 6: a succumbing to temptation or seduction.
similar words:
error, lapse, original sin, sin, transgression, trespass
definition 7: something that drops down or falls.
a fall of hair
synonyms:
cascade
similar words:
rain
definition 8: a defeat or capture, as of a military force or a city.
synonyms:
capture, defeat
similar words:
overthrow, sack, surrender
definition 9: in wrestling, the act of pinning an opponent's shoulders against the mat for a certain brief length of time.
similar words:
hold, pinning
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derivation: falling (n.)
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