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English definition of “fall”

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)
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