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verb (COME DOWN)    /fɔːl/ US  /fɑːl/ (fell, fallen)
A2 [I] to come down onto the ground or from a high position to a lower position: The snow had been falling steadily all day. You can tell it's autumn because the leaves have started to fall. She fell into bed, completely exhausted. A bomb fell on the church and destroyed it. A huge meteor fell to Earth in the middle of the desert. He begged for mercy as the blows fell on him (= as he was being hit).Moving downwardsFalling and dropping fall to your knees (also fall down on your knees) to go down on your knees to show respect: The people all fell to their knees and began to pray.Showing respect and admiration [I] When the curtain falls in the theatre, it comes down because the play or performance has ended: The audience was still laughing as the curtain fell.Moving downwardsFalling and dropping 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:See moreGrammar:Fell or felt?Fell is the past simple of the verb fall:See more
(Definition of fall verb (COME DOWN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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