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Definitions of fall word
- verb without object fall to come or drop down suddenly to a lower position, especially to leave a standing or erect position suddenly, whether voluntarily or not: to fall on one's knees. 1
- verb without object fall to become less or lower; become of a lower level, degree, amount, quality, value, number, etc.; decline: The temperature fell ten degrees. Stock prices fell to a new low for the year. 1
- verb without object fall to subside or abate. 1
- verb without object fall extend downward; hang down: Her hair falls to her shoulders. 1
- verb without object fall to become lowered or directed downward, as the eyes: My eyes fell before his steady gaze. 1
- verb without object fall to become lower in pitch or volume: Her voice fell, and she looked about in confusion. 1
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Origin of fall
First appearance:before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English fallen, Old English feallan; cognate with German fallen, Old Norse falla; akin to Lithuanian pùlti to fall
Parts of speech for Fall
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".
fall usage trend in Literature
Synonyms for fall
- decline — If something declines, it becomes less in quantity, importance, or strength.
- plunge — to cast or thrust forcibly or suddenly into something, as a liquid, a penetrable substance, a place, etc.; immerse; submerge: to plunge a dagger into one's heart.
- spill — to cause or allow to run or fall from a container, especially accidentally or wastefully: to spill a bag of marbles; to spill milk.
- drop — a small quantity of liquid that falls or is produced in a more or less spherical mass; a liquid globule.
- slump — to drop or fall heavily; collapse: Suddenly she slumped to the floor.
- crash — A crash is an accident in which a moving vehicle hits something and is damaged or destroyed.
- dwindle — to become smaller and smaller; shrink; waste away: His vast fortune has dwindled away.
- ease — freedom from labor, pain, or physical annoyance; tranquil rest; comfort: to enjoy one's ease.
- stumble — to strike the foot against something, as in walking or running, so as to stagger or fall; trip.
- settle — to appoint, fix, or resolve definitely and conclusively; agree upon (as time, price, or conditions).
- autumnal — Autumnal means having features that are characteristic of autumn.
Antonyms for fall
- increase — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.
- break even — to attain a level of activity, as in commerce, or a point of operation, as in gambling, at which there is neither profit nor loss
- perfection — the state or quality of being or becoming perfect.
- success — the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.
- rise — to get up from a lying, sitting, or kneeling posture; assume an upright position: She rose and walked over to greet me. With great effort he rose to his knees.
- ascend — If you ascend a hill or staircase, you go up it.
- grow — to increase by natural development, as any living organism or part by assimilation of nutriment; increase in size or substance.
- compliment — A compliment is a polite remark that you say to someone to show that you like their appearance, appreciate their qualities, or approve of what they have done.
- praise — the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.
- attain — If you attain something, you gain it or achieve it, often after a lot of effort.
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