Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “fall”


verb (BECOME LOWER)    /fɔːl/ US  /fɑːl/ (fell, fallen)
B1 [I] to become lower in size , amount , or strength : Demand for new cars has fallen due to the recession . The standard of his work has fallen during the year . Salaries in the public sector are expected to fall by 15 percent this year . The temperature could fall below zero overnight . Average temperatures fell by ten degrees . The pound has fallen to its lowest-ever level against the dollar . When the teacher walked in, the children's voices fell to a whisper (= they became very quiet ). Share prices fell sharply this week .Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong Grammar:Fall or fall down?We can use fall as a noun or a verb. It means ‘suddenly go down onto the ground or towards the ground unintentionally or accidentally’. It can also mean ‘come down from a higher position’. As a verb, it is irregular. Its past form is fell and its -ed form is fallen. Fall does not need an object:Grammar:Fell or felt?Fell is the past simple of the verb fall:
(Definition of fall verb (BECOME LOWER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of fall

Definitions of “fall” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


relating to behaviour between people that is pleasant and friendly, often despite a difficult situation

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More