fall away

fall a·way
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawl uh-wey]
    • /fɔl əˈweɪ/
    • /fɔːl əˈweɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl uh-wey]
    • /fɔl əˈweɪ/

Definitions of fall away words

  • verb without object fall away to drop or descend under the force of gravity, as to a lower place through loss or lack of support. 1
  • verb without object fall away 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 away 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 away to subside or abate. 1
  • verb without object fall away extend downward; hang down: Her hair falls to her shoulders. 1
  • verb without object fall away to become lowered or directed downward, as the eyes: My eyes fell before his steady gaze. 1

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Origin of fall away

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

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Parts of speech for Fall away


fall away popularity

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 away usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fall away

verb fall away

  • decline — If something declines, it becomes less in quantity, importance, or strength.
  • consume — If you consume something, you eat or drink it.
  • reduce — to bring down to a smaller extent, size, amount, number, etc.: to reduce one's weight by 10 pounds.
  • decrease — When something decreases or when you decrease it, it becomes less in quantity, size, or intensity.
  • narrow — of little breadth or width; not broad or wide; not as wide as usual or expected: a narrow path.

Antonyms for fall away

verb fall away

  • increase — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.
  • grow — to increase by natural development, as any living organism or part by assimilation of nutriment; increase in size or substance.
  • amplify — If you amplify a sound, you make it louder, usually by using electronic equipment.
  • lengthen — to make longer; make greater in length.
  • loosen — to unfasten or undo, as a bond or fetter.

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