verb (used without object), fell, fall·en, fall·ing.
verb (used with object), fell, fall·en, fall·ing.
- an act or instance of holding or forcing an opponent's shoulders against the mat for a specified length of time.
- a match or division of a match.
- to withdraw support or allegiance: The candidate's supporters fell away when he advocated racial discrimination.
- to become lean or thin; diminish; decline.
- to forsake one's faith, cause, or principles: Many fell away because they were afraid of reprisals.
- Also fall back to . to retreat to: They fell back on their entrenchments. The troops fell back to their original position.
- to have recourse to; rely on: They had no savings to fall back on.
- to lag, in pace or progress: We are falling behind in our work. Fatigued, some of the marchers fell behind.
- to fail to pay (a debt, obligation, etc.) at the appointed time: She fell behind in her tax payments, and the property was confiscated.
- to be deceived by: Imagine falling for such an old trick.
- to fall in love with: He's not at all the type you would expect her to fall for.
- to fall to pieces toward the interior; sink inward.
- to take one's place in the ranks, as a soldier.
- Also fall in with . to become acquainted with, especially by chance: We fell in with an interesting couple from Paris.
- to separate from; withdraw.
- to decrease in number, amount, or intensity; diminish: Tourism falls off when the summer is over.
- Nautical. to deviate from the heading; fall to leeward.
- South Midland and Southern U.S. to lose weight, usually due to illness: She was sick all winter and fell off till she was just skin and bones.
- to assault; attack: The enemy fell on them suddenly from the rear.
- to be the obligation of: It has fallen on me to support the family.
- to experience; encounter: Once well-to-do, they had fallen on hard times.
- to chance upon; come upon: I fell upon the idea while looking through a magazine.
- to quarrel; disagree: We fell out over who was to wash the dishes.
- to happen; occur: It fell out that we met by chance weeks later.
- to leave one's place in the ranks, as a soldier: They were ordered to fall out when the parade ended.
- Slang. to burst out laughing.
- South Midland and Southern U.S. to become unconscious; pass out.
- to apply oneself; begin: to fall to work.
- to begin to eat: They fell to and soon finished off the entire turkey.
- to be the concern or responsibility of.
- to be classified as; be included within: That case falls under the heading of errors of judgment.
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Idioms for fall
- bend1 (def. 21).
- to exhibit great eagerness, especially in pursuit of one's own advantage: The candidate fell over backward in support of the issues that would win votes.
Origin of fall
OTHER WORDS FROM fallun·fall·ing, adjective
Words nearby fall
Definition for fall (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for fall
Since the 1980s, fall weather has made California increasingly prone to fire.What wildfires in Brazil, Siberia, and the US West have in common|Lili Pike|September 17, 2020|Vox
Check out all of our helpful tricks and tips at the link below or read on for some activity-specific advice sure to get you and your family moving outside and enjoying the rest of the fall.
British higher education had feared a sharp fall in admissions this fall.UK Universities Predicted a COVID-19 Crash. They Got the Opposite|Fiona Zublin|September 17, 2020|Ozy
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is entering fall with a virtual audio production.D.C. theater scene adapts with films, concerts, and more|Patrick Folliard|September 17, 2020|Washington Blade
We spoke with Hausmann in the fall of 2019, so he was talking about the end of that year.Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is? (Ep. 408 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|September 17, 2020|Freakonomics
Cassandra, whose hair has already begun to fall out from her court-mandated chemotherapy, could face a similar outcome.
According to the USDA, student participation began to fall, with 1.4 million students opting out of the lunch program entirely.
And that means they also fall under the umbrella of programs most likely to get the axe when state and federal budgets are tight.
I fall back into a dream and then suddenly there is a tapping on the window just above my bed.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Some contemporary police have military backgrounds to fall back on.A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall|Matt Gallagher|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Do not the widow's tears run down the cheek, and her cry against him that causeth them to fall?The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
The left heel followed like lightning, and the right paw also slipped, letting the bear again fall heavily on the ice below.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
As the window dropped, Ripperda saw the wounded postilion fall on the neck of his horse.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
It mounted straight as a plume for a little way, until it met the cool air of evening which was beginning to fall.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Poindexter ordered his men to fall in, and they followed Porter, but at a more leisurely gait.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for fall (1 of 2)
verb falls, falling, fell (fɛl) or fallen (ˈfɔːlən) (mainly intr)
- to come into conflict with
- nautical to come into collision with
- to prove inadequate
- (often foll by of) to fail to reach or measure up to (a standard)
- a waterfall or cataract
- (capital when part of a name)Niagara Falls
- another word for deadfall
- (as modifier)a fall trap
- the birth of an animal
- the animals produced at a single birth
Word Origin for fall
British Dictionary definitions for fall (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with fall
In addition to the idioms beginning with fall
- fall all over oneself
- fall apart
- fall asleep
- fall away
- fall back
- fall back on
- fall behind
- fall between the cracks
- fall by the wayside
- fall down
- fall flat
- fall for
- fall from grace
- fall guy
- fall in
- falling down drunk
- fall in line
- fall in love
- fall in place
- fall into
- fall in with
- fall off
- fall off the wagon
- fall on
- fall on deaf ears
- fall on one's face
- fall on one's feet
- fall out
- fall over
- fall short of
- fall through
- fall through the cracks
- fall to
- fall under
- bottom drops (falls) out
- break one's fall
- easy as pie (falling off a log)
- let drop (fall)
- let the chips fall where they may
- ride for a fall
- take the fall