part of speech: verb
inflections: falls, falling, fell, fallen
definition 1: to drop downward from a higher place; descend.
- At the end of the play, the curtain fell.
- He fell from the top of the tree.
synonyms: descend, drop, plunge
antonyms: ascend, rise
definition 2: to become less; go down in amount, volume, or degree.
- The price of gasoline fell last month.
- The students’ voices fell to a whisper when the teacher walked in.
synonyms: abate, decrease, diminish, drop, ebb, lessen
definition 3: to hang down.
- His hair fell in curls over his forehead.
definition 4: to be taken over by force; be defeated or overthrown.
- After three days of battle, our city fell to the attackers.
definition 5: to happen; occur.
- Night fell and the children got ready for bed.
synonyms: happen, occur, take place
definition 6: to become; pass into a particular condition or position.
- She fell ill.
- He fell behind in his work.
phrase: fall back on
phrase: fall under
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or condition of falling to a lower place.
- The climber had a bad fall.
- We watched the fall of the leaves.
synonyms: descent, drop, tumble
antonyms: ascent, rise
definition 2: (usually plural) a sudden drop in a river or stream that causes water to fall; waterfall.
- The Niagara Falls drop about one hundred and sixty feet.
synonyms: cascade, waterfall
definition 3: a defeat or capture by force.
- The fall of King Rufus led to civil war.
synonyms: capture, defeat
definition 4: autumn.
- Fall is the harvest season in this part of the country.
phrase: fall behind
derivation: falling (n.)