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English

Etymology

Old English feallan

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to fall

Third person singular
falls

Simple past
fell or (in archaic sense only) felled

Past participle
fallen or (in archaic sense only) felled

Present participle
falling

to fall (third-person singular simple present falls, present participle falling, simple past fell or (in archaic sense only) felled, past participle fallen or (in archaic sense only) felled)
  1. (intransitive) to move to a lower position under the effect of gravity
    Thrown from a cliff, the stone fell 100 feet before hitting the ground.
  2. (intransitive) to come down, to drop or descend
    The rain fell at dawn.
  3. (intransitive) to come to the ground deliberately, to prostrate oneself
    He fell to the floor and begged for mercy.
  4. (intransitive) to be brought to the ground
  5. (intransitive) to collapse; to be overthrown or defeated
    Rome fell to the Goths in 410 AD.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to die
    This is a monument to all those who fell in the First World War.
  7. (transitive) to be allotted to; to receive through chance or fate something intangible.
    And so it falls to me to make this important decision.
  8. (intransitive) to become lower (in quantity, pitch, etc)
    • The candidate's poll ratings fell abruptly after the banking scandal.
  9. (transitive) (followed by a determining word) to become; to be affected by or befallen with a calamity; to change into the state described by the adjective that follows; to become prostrated literally or figuratively (see Usage notes below)
    • She has fallen ill.
    • Our senator fell into disrepute because of the banking scandal.
  10. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to cause something to descend to the ground; especially to cause a tree to descend to the ground by cutting it down.

Usage notes

  • The sense "to become" is now only used in certain set phrases and expressions; see Derived terms below.

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Translations

Noun

Singular
fall

Plural
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  1. The act of moving in a fluid or vacuum under the effect of gravity to a lower position.
  2. A reduction in quantity, pitch, etc.
  3. (chiefly Template loop detected: Template:context 2) Autumn.
  4. A loss of greatness or status.
    the fall of Rome
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The action of a batsman being out.
  6. (curling) A defect in the ice which causes stones thrown into an area to drift in a given direction
  7. (slang, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Blame; punishment
    He set up his rival to take the fall.
  8. See falls

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • (act of moving under the effect of gravity from a point to a lower point): ascent, rise
  • (reduction): increase, rise
  • (loss of greatness or status): ascent, rise

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Translations

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Albanian

Etymology

From Arabic

Noun

fall

  1. prophecy

Breton

Adjective

fall

  1. bad

Faroese

Pronunciation

Noun

fall n.

  1. fall, drop
  2. case (linguistics)

Declension

n10 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative fall fallið føll føllini
Accusative fall fallið føll føllini
Dative falli fallinum føllum føllunum
Genitive fals falsins falla fallanna

Icelandic

Declension of fall
(singular) (plural)
(indefinite) (definite) (indefinite) (definite)
nominative fall fallið föll föllin
accusative fall fallið föll föllin
dative falli fallinu föllum föllunum
genitive falls fallsins falla fallanna
Other words with the same declension

Noun

fall n.

  1. fall, drop
  2. (grammar) case

Derived terms

See also


Swedish

Noun

fall n (plural fall, definite singular fallet, definite plural fallen)

  1. fall (the act of falling)
  2. case (in the legal sense)

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