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English noun: fall

1. fall (time) the season when the leaves fall from the trees

SamplesIn the fall of 1973.


Broader (hypernym)season, time of year

Part holonymautumnal equinox, fall equinox, Indian summer, Saint Martin's summer, September equinox

2. fall (act) a sudden drop from an upright position

SamplesHe had a nasty spill on the ice.

Synonymsspill, tumble

Broader (hypernym)slip, trip

Narrower (hyponym)pratfall, wipeout

3. Fall (event) the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve

SamplesWomen have been blamed ever since the Fall.

Instance hypernymevent

4. fall (object) a downward slope or bend

Synonymsdeclension, declination, decline, declivity, descent, downslope

Broader (hypernym)incline, side, slope

Narrower (hyponym)downhill, steep

Antonymsacclivity, ascent, climb, upgrade, raise, rise

5. fall (act) a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity

SamplesA fall from virtue.

Broader (hypernym)sin, sinning

6. fall (event) a sudden decline in strength or number or importance

SamplesThe fall of the House of Hapsburg.


Broader (hypernym)weakening

Narrower (hyponym)anticlimax


7. fall (event) a movement downward

SamplesThe rise and fall of the tides.

Broader (hypernym)change of location, travel

Antonymsrising, ascension, ascent, rise

8. fall (act) the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions)

SamplesThey were protected until the capitulation of the fort.

Synonymscapitulation, surrender

Broader (hypernym)loss

9. fall (time) the time of day immediately following sunset

SamplesHe loved the twilight.
They finished before the fall of night.

Synonymscrepuscle, crepuscule, dusk, evenfall, gloam, gloaming, nightfall, twilight

Broader (hypernym)hour, time of day

Narrower (hyponym)night

Part meronymeve, even, evening, eventide

10. fall (event) when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat


Broader (hypernym)triumph, victory

Narrower (hyponym)takedown

Part meronymwrestling match

11. fall (event) a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity

SamplesIt was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height.


Broader (hypernym)descent, gravitation

Narrower (hyponym)free fall, plunge, precipitation

12. fall (attribute) a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity

SamplesA drop of 57 points on the Dow Jones index.
There was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery.
A dip in prices.
When that became known the price of their stock went into free fall.

Synonymsdip, drop, free fall

Broader (hypernym)decrease, decrement

Narrower (hyponym)correction, voltage drop

English verb: fall

1. fall (motion) descend in free fall under the influence of gravity

SamplesThe branch fell from the tree.
The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse.

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

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Verb groupcome down, fall, precipitate

2. fall (motion) move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

SamplesThe temperature is going down.
The barometer is falling.
The curtain fell on the diva.
Her hand went up and then fell again.

ExamplesThe airplane is sure to fall

Synonymscome down, descend, go down

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

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)abseil, alight, avalanche, cascade, cascade down, climb down, correct, crash, decline, dismount, dive, drip, drop, flop, get down, get off, go down, go down, go under, go under, light, pitch, plop, plunge, plunk, pounce, precipitate, prolapse, rappel, roll down, rope down, set, settle, sink, sink, slump, subside, swoop, topple, tumble, unhorse

Antonymsascend, go up, rise, move up, lift, arise, come up, uprise, go up

3. fall (change) pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind

SamplesFall into a trap.
She fell ill.
They fell out of favor.
Fall in love.
Fall asleep.
Fall prey to an imposter.
Fall into a strange way of thinking.
She fell to pieces after she lost her work.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s Adjective.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

Narrower (hyponym)drop, fall in love

See alsobreak, come apart, crumble, dawdle, drop away, drop off, drop off, fall apart, fall apart, fall away, fall back, fall back, fall behind, fall behind, fall flat, fall for, fall through, flop, founder, lag, lose, recede, separate, slip, split up

4. fall (stative) come under, be classified or included

SamplesFall into a category.
This comes under a new heading.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)be

5. fall (weather) fall from clouds

SamplesRain, snow and sleet were falling.
Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum.

Synonymscome down, precipitate

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

Narrower (hyponym)hail, rain, rain down, sleet, snow, spat

Entailcondense, distil, distill

Verb groupfall

6. fall (social) suffer defeat, failure, or ruin

SamplesWe must stand or fall.
Fall by the wayside.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)fail, go wrong, miscarry

7. fall (stative) die, as in battle or in a hunt

SamplesMany soldiers fell at Verdun.
Several deer have fallen to the same gun.
The shooting victim fell dead.

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

Broader (hypernym)buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it

Verb groupfall, fall

8. fall (stative) touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly

SamplesLight fell on her face.
The sun shone on the fields.
The light struck the golden necklace.
A strange sound struck my ears.

Synonymsshine, strike

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

9. fall (possession) be captured

SamplesThe cities fell to the enemy.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)yield

Verb groupfall

10. fall (change) occur at a specified time or place

SamplesChristmas falls on a Monday this year.
The accent falls on the first syllable.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

Verb groupfall

11. fall (change) decrease in size, extent, or range

SamplesThe amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester.
The cabin pressure fell dramatically.
Her weight fell to under a hundred pounds.
His voice fell to a whisper.

Synonymsdecrease, diminish, lessen

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change magnitude

Narrower (hyponym)abate, boil down, break, break, concentrate, contract, de-escalate, decelerate, decline, decoct, decrescendo, deflate, depreciate, devaluate, devalue, die away, drop off, dwindle, dwindle away, dwindle down, ease off, ease up, flag, fly, go down, let up, reduce, remit, retard, shorten, shrink, shrink, shrink, shrivel, shrivel, shrivel up, slack, slack off, slacken off, slow, slow down, slow up, taper, thin out, undervalue, vanish, vaporize, wane, wane, wane, weaken, wither


12. fall (social) yield to temptation or sin

SamplesAdam and Eve fell.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)fall, sin, transgress, trespass

Verb groupfall

13. fall (social) lose office or power

SamplesThe government fell overnight.
The Qing Dynasty fell with Sun Yat-sen.

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

Broader (hypernym)leave office, quit, resign, step down

Verb groupfall

14. fall (possession) to be given by assignment or distribution

SamplesThe most difficult task fell on the youngest member of the team.
The onus fell on us.
The pressure to succeed fell on the youngest student.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Verb groupfall, fall, light

15. fall (motion) move in a specified direction

SamplesThe line of men fall forward.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

16. fall (stative) be due

SamplesPayments fall on the 1st of the month.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be

Verb groupfall

17. fall (social) lose one's chastity

SamplesA fallen woman.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)fall

Verb groupfall

18. fall (possession) to be given by right or inheritance

SamplesThe estate fell to the oldest daughter.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Verb groupfall

19. fall (possession) come into the possession of

SamplesThe house accrued to the oldest son.


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)change hands, change owners

Verb groupdevolve, fall, fall, light, pass, return

20. fall (possession) fall to somebody by assignment or lot

SamplesThe task fell to me.
It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims.


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)devolve, fall, pass, return

Verb groupaccrue, fall, fall

21. fall (possession) be inherited by

SamplesThe estate fell to my sister.
The land returned to the family.
The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead.

Synonymsdevolve, pass, return

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)change hands, change owners

Narrower (hyponym)fall, light

Verb groupaccrue, fall

22. fall (motion) slope downward

SamplesThe hills around here fall towards the ocean.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)incline, pitch, slope

23. fall (motion) lose an upright position suddenly

SamplesThe vase fell over and the water spilled onto the table.
Her hair fell across her forehead.

Synonymsfall down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)change posture

Verb groupfall

24. fall (motion) drop oneself to a lower or less erect position

SamplesShe fell back in her chair.
He fell to his knees.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)change posture

Verb groupfall, fall down

25. fall (contact) fall or flow in a certain way

SamplesThis dress hangs well.
Her long black hair flowed down her back.

Synonymsflow, hang

Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun

26. fall (change) assume a disappointed or sad expression

SamplesHer face fell when she heard that she would be laid off.
His crest fell.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

Verb groupfall

27. fall (change) be cast down

SamplesHis eyes fell.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

Verb groupfall

28. fall (change) come out; issue

SamplesSilly phrases fell from her mouth.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)come forth, come out, egress, emerge, go forth, issue

29. fall (change) be born, used chiefly of lambs

SamplesThe lambs fell in the afternoon.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)be born

30. fall (change) begin vigorously

SamplesThe prisoners fell to work right away.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)begin, commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out

31. fall (change) go as if by falling

SamplesGrief fell from our hearts.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)disappear, go away, vanish

Verb groupdescend, fall, settle

32. fall (change) come as if by falling

SamplesNight fell.
Silence fell.

Synonymsdescend, settle

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)come

Verb groupfall

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