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verb (BE DEFEATED)    /fɔːl/ US  /fɑːl/ (fell, fallen)
C2 [I] to be beaten or defeated: The government finally fell after losing the support of the centre parties. The president fell from power during the military coup.Losing and being defeatedScoring, winning and losing in sport C2 [I] If a place falls in a war or an election, an enemy army or a different political party gets control of it: Rome fell to the Vandals in A.D. 455. The constituency fell to Labour at the last election, after ten years of Conservative rule.Losing and being defeatedScoring, winning and losing in sport [I] literary If soldiers fall while fighting, they are killed: Many brave men fell in the fight to save the city. During the war, he saw many of his comrades fall in battle.Death and dying [I] In cricket, when a wicket falls, the turn of the player who is hitting the ball ends: Ten wickets fell in 22 overs.CricketGeneral terms used in ball sports wicketGrammar:Fell or felt?Fell is the past simple of the verb fall:See more
(Definition of fall verb (BE DEFEATED) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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