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English verb: fall in

1. fall in (motion) break down, literally or metaphorically

SamplesThe wall collapsed.
The business collapsed.
The dam broke.
The roof collapsed.
The wall gave in.
The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice.

Synonymsbreak, cave in, collapse, founder, give, give way

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)break, buckle, crumple, flop, go off, implode, sink, slide down, slump

Verb groupabandon, burst, collapse, give up

2. fall in (social) to take one's place in a military formation or line

SamplesTroops fall in!.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

3. fall in (social) become part of; become a member of a group or organization

SamplesHe joined the Communist Party as a young man.

Synonymsget together, join

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Narrower (hyponym)affiliate, band oneself, infiltrate, league together, organise, organize, penetrate, rejoin, sign up, unify, unionise, unionize, unite

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