falls; fell/ˈfɛl/; fallen/ˈfɑːlən/; falling falls; fell/ˈfɛl/; fallen/ˈfɑːlən/; falling
Learner's definition of FALL
1 a : to come or go down quickly from a high place or position
b : to come or go down suddenly from a standing position
An apple fell from the tree.
A vase fell off the shelf.
Rain fell from the sky.
the sound of the falling rain
— often + down or over c : to let yourself come or go down to a lower position
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.
a fallen tree
2 a : to come down at a particular place after moving through the air— often + on— sometimes used figuratively b : to slope downward— usually + away c : to hang down 3 a : to become lower
b : to become less— often + off c : to lose value: to suffer a decline in prices d : to become less loud
The tide rose and fell.
The temperature fell after dark.
His heart rate fell (off) dramatically.
The value of the stock has fallen drastically.
4 a of a glance or the eyes : to become lowered b of the face : to begin to look ashamed or disappointed 5 of night or darkness : to arrive or begin 6 a : to be wounded or killed in battle b : to be captured or defeated c : to experience ruin or failure
A great civilization fell in less than a century.
a fallen [=disgraced] leader
We will stand or fall together.
a politician who has fallen from power
The coalition government fell after only six months in office.
7 a : to happen at a specified time b — used when something (such as a responsibility) comes or passes to someone in a way that does not involve choice
c : to have a specified proper place
It fell to me [=it was my responsibility] to tell them about the car accident.
Responsibility for the damage falls with the other driver.
The estate fell to his brother. [=his brother inherited the estate]
8 : to belong in a particular category or range
This word falls within the class of verbs.
Her political views fall somewhere between liberal and conservative.
His creative output falls into three distinct categories.
9 a — used when someone's body or mind passes from one condition or state to another
b — used when something passes to a different and usually a less active or less desirable state or condition
She fell ill/sick.
He fell asleep.
The crowd fell silent.
This word has fallen [=gone] out of use. = This word has fallen into disuse. [=this word is no longer used]
His theories have now fallen into disrepute/disfavor.
The machinery has fallen into disrepair.
10 : to start doing something in a very active and energetic way— + to
(as) easy as falling off a log
fall (all) over yourself
: to be very eager or too eager
fall apart[phrasal verb]
1 : to break into parts in usually a sudden and unexpected way — often used figuratively
◊ Something that is falling apart is in very bad condition.
2 : to become unable to live in a normal way because you are experiencing a lot of confusion or emotional pain
fall away[phrasal verb]
: to become gradually less: to disappear gradually
fall back[phrasal verb]
1 : to move back away from something dangerous or threatening 2 fall back on (something) also fall back upon (something) : to use (something) for help or protection when you are in a bad situation
fall behind[phrasal verb]
1 : to fail to move or go forward as quickly as others 2 : to fail to do something as quickly as planned or required— often + with— often + on
: to produce no response or result
fall for[phrasal verb]
1 fall for (someone) : to feel a strong attraction for (someone): to fall in love with (someone) 2 fall for (something) : to be fooled by (something, such as a trick)
fall in[phrasal verb]
1 : to break apart and fall down in an inward direction 2 : to take your place in a military formation
— compare fall out (below)
fall in/into line
: to start to do what you are told or required to do
fall in love, fall out of love
fall into[phrasal verb]
1 : to be caught in (a trap) 2 : to begin to do or experience (something) or to be affected by (something) without wanting or trying to
He fell deeply into debt.
She fell into her career almost accidentally.
She fell into the habit of going out for ice cream every night.
fall into place
: to fit together: to make sense
fall into the hands of
: to come to be held or possessed by (someone)
fall into the wrong hands
: to come to be held or possessed by the wrong person or group
fall in with[phrasal verb]
1 fall in with (someone) : to begin to spend time with (someone) 2 fall in with (something) : to accept and act in agreement with (something)
fall off[phrasal verb]
: to stop being attached to something
— see also 1fall 3b (above)
fall on/upon[phrasal verb]
fall on/upon (something)
1 a : to begin to experience (something): to meet with (an experience) b : to notice (something) especially without wanting or trying to 2 fall on/upon (someone) : to attack (someone) suddenly
fall out[phrasal verb]
1 of a tooth or hair : to stop being attached to the body 3 : to leave your place in a military formation
— compare fall in (above)
1 : to fail to be as good or successful as expected or hoped for— often + of 2 : to fail to reach a goal— often + of
fall through[phrasal verb]
: to fail or stop in a sudden or final way
fall through/between the cracks
fall under[phrasal verb]
fall under (something)
: to be influenced or affected by (something)
let the chips fall where they may
Learner's definition of FALL
1 [count] : the act of falling: such asa : the act of coming or going down from a high position or from a standing position b : the act of becoming lower 2 US : the season between summer and winter: the season when leaves fall from trees
[noncount]— often used before another noun
our fall catalog
a new fall coat
the fall harvest
3 [count] : a decrease in the size, amount, degree, activity, or value of something 4 a [singular] : loss of power or greatness b [singular] : the surrender or capture of a place that is being attacked c [singular] : loss of innocence or goodness d the Fall : the event in the Bible when Adam and Eve are forced to leave the Garden of Eden because they have sinned against God 5 [count] : an area on a river or stream where water runs steeply downward— usually plural