fall verb (HAVE AN ACCIDENT)
The water's deep here, so don't fall in!
fall flat on your face informal
fall verb (BECOME LOWER)
- The temperature has fallen below zero recently.
- Inflation has fallen below 2%, and that's official.
- The flood waters fell, depositing mud over the whole area.
- Many economists expect unemployment to fall over the next couple of months.
- If your bank account balance falls below the minimum, you'll be nicked for a $5 service charge.
fall verb (COME DOWN)
fall to your knees also fall down on your knees
- Although the curtain has now fallen on the Republican era, many of its values still remain.
- The fact that aircraft don't fall out of the sky always seems to me to defy the law of gravity.
- The satellite will fragment and burn up as it falls through the earth's atmosphere.
- Her luxuriant hair fell around her shoulders.
- Rain had been falling steadily all day and the ground had become a marsh.
fall verb (BELONG TO)
- They believe that all the outstanding issues should fall within the ambit of the talks.
- What genre does the book fall into - comedy or tragedy?
- This case falls outside the purview of this particular court.
- The matter falls outside his area of jurisdiction.
- This research paper falls outside my own area of expertise.
fall verb (BECOME)
fall verb (BE DEFEATED)
Rome fell to the Vandals in AD 455.
fall verb (HAPPEN)
fall verb (HANG DOWN)
fall verb (UNHAPPY)
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: …
fall noun (LOWER AMOUNT)
- The last ten years have seen a dramatic fall in the number of adoptions.
- The City acted swiftly to the news of a fall in the value of sterling.
- Yesterday the company announced its first ever fall in profits.
- The fall in interest rates is excellent news for borrowers.
- There was a larger-than-expected fall in unemployment last month.
fall noun (SEASON)
Next fall we'll be back in New York.
fall noun (ACCIDENT)
the fall of the Berlin Wall (= when the Berlin Wall was destroyed)
- The soft grass cushioned his fall.
- I was in no mood for heroics after my fall and skied very slowly down the mountainside.
- The horse broke its front leg in the fall.
- He spent the last ten years of his life in a wheelchair after a fall which left him paralysed from the waist down.
- After her fall she complained that she couldn't bend her leg properly.
fall noun (MOVEMENT DOWNWARDS)