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Meaning of “fall” - Learner’s Dictionary

fall

verb [I]     /fɔːl/ ( past tense fell, past participle fallen)
MOVE DOWN
A2 to move down towards the ground: Huge drops of rain were falling from the sky. By winter, all the leaves had fallen off the trees.Falling and droppingMoving downwards
STOP STANDING
A2 to suddenly go down and hit the ground without intending to: She fell off her bike and broke her arm.Falling and droppingMoving downwards
BECOME LESS
B1 to become less in number or amount: Housing prices have fallen by 15% since last year. Temperatures are expected to fall from 15°C to 9°C.Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong
BECOME WORSE
to become worse, or start to be in a bad situation or condition: Education standards are continuing to fall. Empty for 30 years, the building had fallen into ruin (= become very damaged).Deteriorating and making worse
fall asleep/ill/still, etc
B1 to start to sleep/become sick/become quiet, etc: I fell asleep on the sofa watching TV.Starting and beginningStarting again
darkness/night falls literary
used to say that it is becoming darkChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently
LOSE POWER
to lose power and start to be controlled by a different leader: In 1453 the city fell to the Turks.Stopping fightingFailing and doing badly
HANG DOWN
(Definition of fall verb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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