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fall

verb  us   /fɔl/ (past tense fell  /fel/ , past participle fallen  /ˈfɔ·lən/ )

fall verb (ACCIDENT)

[I] (of people and animals) to move unintentionally or unexpectedly onto or toward the ground from a higher place: He fell and hurt his arm. Don’t fall over, honey! I fell down the stairs. She fell off the top of the ladder. Kathy tripped and fell (flat) on her face (= fell facing the ground).

fall verb (MOVE DOWN)

[I] to move down toward or drop to a lower position: They expect three inches of snow to fall tonight. Tears rolled down her cheeks and fell into her lap. Plaster was falling off the walls.

fall verb (BECOME LESS)

[I] to become less or lower in size, amount, or strength: Stock prices fell sharply in late March and early April. Her blood sugar levels fell below normal.

fall verb (CHANGE STATE)

[L] used to show a change from one state to another: He fell asleep reading the newspaper.

fall verb (BE DEFEATED)

[I] to be defeated or fail: The city fell to the enemy. [I] If soldiers fall, they die: The statue honors soldiers who fell in battle.

fall verb (HAPPEN)

[I] to happen at a particular time: My birthday falls on a Friday this year. By the time we got home, night had fallen (= begun).

fall verb (BELONG TO)

[I always + adv/prep] to belong to a particular group, or to be part of a particular subject: Archaeology falls under the general subject of natural history.

fall verb (HANG DOWN)

[I always + adv/prep] (of hair or cloth) to hang down loosely: Her long, dark hair fell to her waist.

fall

noun  us   /fɔl/

fall noun (SEASON)

[C/U] (also autumn) the season of the year between summer and winter, lasting from September to December north of the equator and from March to June south of the equator, when fruits and crops finish growing and the leaves fall off the trees: [U] Fall is my favorite time of year. [U] She wants to take a vacation before fall classes start.

fall noun (ACCIDENT)

[C usually sing] the act of moving onto or toward the ground or to a lower position, often unintentionally or accidentally: She injured herself in a fall.

fall noun (DEFEAT)

[C usually sing] a defeat or loss of power: the fall of the Roman Empire

fall noun (DROP)

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