- fall ► VERB (past fell; past part. fallen) 1) move rapidly and without control from a higher to a lower level. 2) collapse to the ground. 3) (fall off) become detached and drop to the ground. 4) hang down. 5) (of someone's face) show dismay or disappointment. 6) be captured or defeated. 7) decrease. 8) pass into a specified state: she fell silent. 9) occur. 10) be classified in the way specified: canals fall within the Minister's brief. 11) (fall to) become the duty of.► NOUN 1) an act of falling. 2) a downward difference in height between parts of a surface. 3) a thing which falls or has fallen. 4) a waterfall or cascade. 5) a decrease. 6) a defeat or downfall. 7) N. Amer. autumn.● fall about — Cf. ↑fall about● fall apart (or to pieces) — Cf. ↑fall to pieces● fall back — Cf. ↑fall back● fall back on — Cf. ↑fall back on● fall for — Cf. ↑fall for● fall foul (or chiefly N. Amer. afoul) of — Cf. ↑fall foul of● fall in (or into) line — Cf. ↑fall into line● fall into place — Cf. ↑fall into place● fall in with — Cf. ↑fall in with● fall on (or upon) — Cf. ↑fall upon● fall out — Cf. ↑fall out● fall over oneself to do — Cf. ↑fall over oneself to do● fall short (of) — Cf. ↑fall short of● fall through — Cf. ↑fall through● take the fall — Cf. ↑take the fallORIGIN Old English.
English terms dictionary. 2015.