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Definition 1: a sudden drop from an upright position - [noun denoting act]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had a nasty spill on the ice

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall

"he blamed his slip on the ice" "the jolt caused many slips and a few spills"

(... is a kind of fall ) a fall onto your buttocks

(... is a kind of fall ) a spill in some sport (as a fall from a bicycle or while skiing or being capsized on a surfboard)

Definition 2: the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they were protected until the capitulation of the fort

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) the act of losing someone or something

"everyone expected him to win so his loss was a shock"

Definition 3: a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity - [noun denoting act]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a fall from virtue

(fall is a kind of ...) an act that is regarded by theologians as a transgression of God's will

Definition 4: a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a drop of 57 points on the Dow Jones index
  • there was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery
  • a dip in prices
  • when that became known the price of their stock went into free fall

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) the amount by which something decreases

(... is a kind of fall ) a drop in stock market activity or stock prices following a period of increases

"market runups are invariably followed by a correction"

(... is a kind of fall ) a decrease in voltage along a conductor through which current is flowing

Definition 5: a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity - [noun denoting event]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) movement downward resulting from gravitational attraction

"irrigation by gravitation rather than by pumps"

(fall is a kind of ...) a movement downward

(... is a kind of fall ) the ideal falling motion of something subject only to a gravitational field

(... is a kind of fall ) a steep and rapid fall

(... is a kind of fall ) the act of casting down or falling headlong from a height

Definition 6: a sudden decline in strength or number or importance - [noun denoting event]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the fall of the House of Hapsburg

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) becoming weaker

(... is a kind of fall ) a disappointing decline after a previous rise

"the anticlimax of a brilliant career"

Definition 7: when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) a successful ending of a struggle or contest

"a narrow victory" "the general always gets credit for his army's victory" "clinched a victory" "convincing victory" "the agreement was a triumph for common sense"

(... is a kind of fall ) (amateur wrestling) being brought to the mat from a standing position

"a takedown counts two points"

(... is part of fall) a match between wrestlers

Definition 8: the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve - [noun denoting event]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • women have been blamed ever since the Fall

(fall is an instance of ...) something that happens at a given place and time

Definition 9: a movement downward - [noun denoting event]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the rise and fall of the tides

(fall is a kind of ...) a movement through space that changes the location of something

Definition 10: a downward slope or bend - [noun denoting object]

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) an elevated geological formation

"he climbed the steep slope" "the house was built on the side of a mountain"

(... is a kind of fall ) the downward slope of a hill

(... is a kind of fall ) a steep place (as on a hill)

Definition 11: the season when the leaves fall from the trees - [noun denoting time]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in the fall of 1973

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) one of the natural periods into which the year is divided by the equinoxes and solstices or atmospheric conditions

"the regular sequence of the seasons"

(fall is a part of ...) a period of unusually warm weather in the autumn

(fall is a part of ...) September 22

Definition 12: the time of day immediately following sunset - [noun denoting time]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he loved the twilight
  • they finished before the fall of night

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) clock time

"the hour is getting late"

(... is a kind of fall ) a shortening of nightfall

"they worked from morning to night"

(... is part of fall) the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall)

"he enjoyed the evening light across the lake"

Definition 13: occur at a specified time or place - [verb of change]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Christmas falls on a Monday this year
  • The accent falls on the first syllable

(fall is a kind of ...) come to pass

"What is happening?" "The meeting took place off without an incidence" "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) be due

"payments fall on the 1st of the month"

Definition 14: decrease in size, extent, or range - [verb of change]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester
  • The cabin pressure fell dramatically
  • her weight fell to under a hundred pounds
  • his voice fell to a whisper

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) change in size or magnitude

(... is a kind of fall ) diminish or discontinue abruptly

"The patient's fever broke last night"

(... is a kind of fall ) become smaller or lose substance

"Her savings dwindled down"

(... is a kind of fall ) diminish or abate

"The pain finally remitted"

(... is a kind of fall ) diminish in size, scope, or intensity

"The war of words between them de-escalated with time"

(... is a kind of fall ) lose in value

"The dollar depreciated again"

(... is a kind of fall ) become short or shorter

"In winter, the days shorten"

(... is a kind of fall ) become sparser

"Towards the end of town, the houses thinned out"

(... is a kind of fall ) grow smaller

"Interest in the project waned"

(... is a kind of fall ) decrease in phase

"the moon is waning"

(... is a kind of fall ) become smaller

"Interest in his novels waned"

(... is a kind of fall ) lose velocity; move more slowly

"The car decelerated"

(... is a kind of fall ) become deflated or flaccid, as by losing air

"The balloons deflated"

(... is a kind of fall ) become less in amount or intensity

"The storm abated" "The rain let up after a few hours"

(... is a kind of fall ) decrease in size, range, or extent

"His earnings shrank" "My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me"

(... is a kind of fall ) diminish gradually

"Interested tapered off"

(... is a kind of fall ) fall or diminish

"The number of students in this course dropped off after the first test"

(... is a kind of fall ) decrease rapidly and disappear

"the money vanished in las Vegas" "all my stock assets have vaporized"

(... is a kind of fall ) fall sharply

"stock prices broke"

(... is a kind of fall ) become less intense

(... is a kind of fall ) become weaker

"The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"

(... is a kind of fall ) be cooked until very little liquid is left

"The sauce should reduce to one cup"

(... is a kind of fall ) become smaller or draw together

"The fabric shrank" "The balloon shrank"

(... is a kind of fall ) wither, as with a loss of moisture

"The fruit dried and shriveled"

(... is a kind of fall ) grow quieter

"The music decrescendoes here"

Definition 15: pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind - [verb of change]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fall into a trap
  • She fell ill
  • They fell out of favor
  • Fall in love
  • fall asleep
  • fall prey to an imposter
  • fall into a strange way of thinking
  • she fell to pieces after she lost her work

(fall is a kind of ...) undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

"We turned from Socialism to Capitalism" "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"

(... is a kind of fall ) fall or sink into a state of exhaustion or death

"shop til you drop"

(... is a kind of fall ) begin to experience feelings of love towards

"She fell in love with her former student"

(means also ...) fail utterly; collapse

"The project foundered"

(means also ...) hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.

(means also ...) retreat

(means also ...) break or fall apart into fragments

"The cookies crumbled" "The Sphinx is crumbling"

(means also ...) become separated into pieces or fragments

"The figurine broke" "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"

(means also ...) get worse

"My grades are slipping"

(means also ...) be deceived, duped, or entrapped by

"He fell for her charms" "He fell for the con man's story"

Definition 16: be born, used chiefly of lambs - [verb of change]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The lambs fell in the afternoon

(fall is a kind of ...) come into existence through birth

"She was born on a farm"

Definition 17: come out; issue - [verb of change]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • silly phrases fell from her mouth

(fall is a kind of ...) come out of

"Water issued from the hole in the wall" "The words seemed to come out by themselves"

Definition 18: assume a disappointed or sad expression - [verb of change]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her face fell when she heard that she would be laid off
  • his crest fell

(fall is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) be cast down

"his eyes fell"

Definition 19: begin vigorously - [verb of change]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The prisoners fell to work right away

(fall is a kind of ...) take the first step or steps in carrying out an action

"We began working at dawn" "Who will start?" "Get working as soon as the sun rises!" "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia" "He began early in the day" "Let's get down to work now"

Definition 20: come as if by falling - [verb of change]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Night fell
  • Silence fell

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) come to pass; arrive, as in due course

"The first success came three days later" "It came as a shock" "Dawn comes early in June"

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) go as if by falling

"Grief fell from our hearts"

Definition 21: be cast down - [verb of change]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his eyes fell

(fall is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) assume a disappointed or sad expression

"Her face fell when she heard that she would be laid off" "his crest fell"

Definition 22: go as if by falling - [verb of change]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Grief fell from our hearts

(fall is a kind of ...) get lost, as without warning or explanation

"He disappeared without a trace"

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) come as if by falling

"Night fell" "Silence fell"

Definition 23: fall or flow in a certain way - [verb of contact]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This dress hangs well
  • Her long black hair flowed down her back

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

Definition 24: move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way - [verb of motion]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The temperature is going down
  • The barometer is falling
  • The curtain fell on the diva
  • Her hand went up and then fell again

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of fall ) slip or fall out of place, as of body parts

"prolapsed rectum"

(... is a kind of fall ) fall down, as if collapsing

"The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it"

(... is a kind of fall ) to fall vertically

"the bombs are dropping on enemy targets"

(... is a kind of fall ) drop with the sound of something falling into water

(... is a kind of fall ) fall or plunge forward

"She pitched over the railing of the balcony"

(... is a kind of fall ) come down

"the birds alighted"

(... is a kind of fall ) go under

"The raft sank and its occupants drowned"

(... is a kind of fall ) move down on as if in an attack

"The raptor swooped down on its prey" "The teacher swooped down upon the new students"

(... is a kind of fall ) fall in drops

"Water is dripping from the faucet"

(... is a kind of fall ) fall suddenly and abruptly

(... is a kind of fall ) fall or come down violently

"The branch crashed down on my car" "The plane crashed in the sea"

(... is a kind of fall ) descend by means of a rappel

"The ascent was easy--roping down the mountain would be much more difficult and dangerous" "You have to learn how to abseil when you want to do technical climbing"

(... is a kind of fall ) alight from (a horse)

(... is a kind of fall ) gather into a huge mass and roll down a mountain, of snow

(... is a kind of fall ) drop steeply

"the stock market plunged"

(... is a kind of fall ) disappear beyond the horizon

"the sun sets early these days"

(... is a kind of fall ) go down in value

"the stock market corrected" "prices slumped"

(... is a kind of fall ) fall vertically, sharply, or headlong

"Our economy precipitated into complete ruin"

(... is a kind of fall ) descend into or as if into some soft substance or place

"He sank into bed" "She subsided into the chair"

(... is a kind of fall ) rush down in big quantities, like a cascade

Definition 25: move in a specified direction - [verb of motion]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The line of men fall forward

(fall is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

Definition 26: descend in free fall under the influence of gravity - [verb of motion]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The branch fell from the tree
  • The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse

(fall is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) fall from clouds

"rain, snow and sleet were falling" "Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum"

Definition 27: slope downward - [verb of motion]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The hills around here fall towards the ocean

(fall is a kind of ...) be at an angle

"The terrain sloped down"

Definition 28: drop oneself to a lower or less erect position - [verb of motion]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She fell back in her chair
  • He fell to his knees

(fall is a kind of ...) undergo a change in bodily posture

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) lose an upright position suddenly

"The vase fell over and the water spilled onto the table" "Her hair fell across her forehead"

Definition 29: lose an upright position suddenly - [verb of motion]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The vase fell over and the water spilled onto the table
  • Her hair fell across her forehead

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) undergo a change in bodily posture

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) drop oneself to a lower or less erect position

"She fell back in her chair" "He fell to his knees"

Definition 30: to be given by assignment or distribution - [verb of possession]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The most difficult task fell on the youngest member of the team
  • The onus fell on us
  • The pressure to succeed fell on the youngest student

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) fall to somebody by assignment or lot

"The task fell to me" "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) to be given by right or inheritance

"The estate fell to the oldest daughter"

Definition 31: be captured - [verb of possession]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The cities fell to the enemy

(fall is a kind of ...) cease opposition; stop fighting

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) die, as in battle or in a hunt

"Many soldiers fell at Verdun" "Several deer have fallen to the same gun" "The shooting victim fell dead"

Definition 32: fall to somebody by assignment or lot - [verb of possession]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The task fell to me
  • It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) be inherited by

"The estate fell to my sister" "The land returned to the family" "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead"

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) come into the possession of

"The house accrued to the oldest son"

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) to be given by assignment or distribution

"The most difficult task fell on the youngest member of the team" "The onus fell on us" "The pressure to succeed fell on the youngest student"

Definition 33: come into the possession of - [verb of possession]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The house accrued to the oldest son

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) be transferred to another owner

"This restaurant changed hands twice last year"

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) be inherited by

"The estate fell to my sister" "The land returned to the family" "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead"

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) fall to somebody by assignment or lot

"The task fell to me" "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"

Definition 34: to be given by right or inheritance - [verb of possession]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The estate fell to the oldest daughter

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) to be given by assignment or distribution

"The most difficult task fell on the youngest member of the team" "The onus fell on us" "The pressure to succeed fell on the youngest student"

Definition 35: be inherited by - [verb of possession]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The estate fell to my sister
  • The land returned to the family
  • The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) be transferred to another owner

"This restaurant changed hands twice last year"

(... is a kind of fall ) fall to somebody by assignment or lot

"The task fell to me" "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) come into the possession of

"The house accrued to the oldest son"

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The government fell overnight
  • The Qing Dynasty fell with Sun Yat-sen

(fall is a kind of ...) give up or retire from a position

"The Secretary of the Navy will leave office next month" "The chairman resigned over the financial scandal"

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) die, as in battle or in a hunt

"Many soldiers fell at Verdun" "Several deer have fallen to the same gun" "The shooting victim fell dead"

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Adam and Eve fell

(fall is a kind of ...) commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) lose one's chastity

"a fallen woman"

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We must stand or fall
  • fall by the wayside

(fall is a kind of ...) be unsuccessful

"Where do today's public schools fail?" "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a fallen woman

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) yield to temptation or sin

"Adam and Eve fell"

Definition 40: die, as in battle or in a hunt - [verb of stative]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Many soldiers fell at Verdun
  • Several deer have fallen to the same gun
  • The shooting victim fell dead

(fall is a kind of ...) pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

"She died from cancer" "The children perished in the fire" "The patient went peacefully" "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) be captured

"The cities fell to the enemy"

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) lose office or power

"The government fell overnight" "The Qing Dynasty fell with Sun Yat-sen"

Definition 41: be due - [verb of stative]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • payments fall on the 1st of the month

(fall is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) occur at a specified time or place

"Christmas falls on a Monday this year" "The accent falls on the first syllable"

Definition 42: come under, be classified or included - [verb of stative]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fall into a category
  • This comes under a new heading

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

Definition 43: touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly - [verb of stative]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Light fell on her face
  • The sun shone on the fields
  • The light struck the golden necklace
  • A strange sound struck my ears

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(fall is a kind of ...) come to pass

"What is happening?" "The meeting took place off without an incidence" "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

Definition 44: fall from clouds - [verb of weather]

Samples where fall or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rain, snow and sleet were falling
  • Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum

Synonyms for fall in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of fall ) precipitate as rain

"If it rains much more, we can expect some flooding"

(... is a kind of fall ) come down like raindrops

"Bullets were spatting down on us"

(... is a kind of fall ) fall as snow

"It was snowing all night"

(... is a kind of fall ) precipitate as small ice particles

"It hailed for an hour"

(... is a kind of fall ) precipitate as a mixture of rain and snow

"If the temperature rises above freezing, it will probably sleet"

(fall implies ...) undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops

"water condenses" "The acid distills at a specific temperature"

(fall has a similar meaning as ...) descend in free fall under the influence of gravity

"The branch fell from the tree" "The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse"

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