Translation of "fall" - English-German dictionary


verb /foːl/ (past tense fell /fel/, past participle fallen)

to go down from a higher level usually unintentionally

The apple fell from the tree
Her eye fell on an old book.

(often with over) to go down to the ground etc from an upright position, usually by accident

She tripped and fell (over).

to become lower or less

The temperature is falling.

to happen or occur

Easter falls early this year.

to enter a certain state or condition

They fell in love.


überlassen bleiben
only with it as subject) to come as one’s duty etc: It falls to me to take care of the children.
falls noun plural

a waterfall

der Wasserfall
the Niagara Falls.
fallout noun

radioactive dust from a nuclear explosion etc.

radioaktiver Niederschlag, der Fallout
his/her etc face fell

he, she etc looked suddenly disappointed.

ein langes Gesicht machen
Her face fell when she heard the news.
fall away

to become less in number

The crowd began to fall away.

to slope downwards

The ground fell away steeply.
fall back

to move back or stop moving forward.

sich zurückziehen, zurückbleiben
He ordered the troops to fall back.
fall back on

to use, or to go to for help, finally when everything else has been tried

zurückgreifen auf
Whatever happens you have your father’s money to fall back on.
fall behind

to be slower than (someone else)

Hurry up! You’re falling behind (the others)
He is falling behind in his schoolwork.

(with with) to become late in regular payment, letter-writing etc

in Verzug geraten (mit)
Don’t fall behind with the rent!
fall down (sometimes with on)

to fail (in)

He’s falling down on his job.
fall flat

(especially of jokes etc) to fail completely or to have no effect

seine Wirkung völlig verfehlen
Her joke fell flat.
fall for

to be deceived by (something)

hereinfallen auf
I made up a story to explain why I had not been at work and he fell for it.

to fall in love with (someone)

sich verknallen in
He has fallen for your sister.
fall in with

to join with (someone) for company

treffen auf
On the way home, we fell in with some friends.

to agree with (a plan, idea etc)

They fell in with our suggestion.
fall off

to become smaller in number or amount

Audiences often fall off during the summer.
fall on/upon

to attack

herfallen über
The robbers fell on the old man and beat him
They fell hungrily upon the food.
fall out (sometimes with with)

to quarrel

sich entzweien
I have fallen out with my sister.
fall short (often with of)

to be not enough or not good enough etc

nicht entsprechen
The money we have falls short of what we need.
fall through

(of plans etc) to fail or come to nothing

Our plans fell through.

(Translation of “fall” from the PASSWORD English–German Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)