fall behind

fall be·hind
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawl bih-hahynd]
    • /fɔl bɪˈhaɪnd/
    • /fɔːl bɪˈhaɪnd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl bih-hahynd]
    • /fɔl bɪˈhaɪnd/

Definitions of fall behind words

  • verb without object fall behind 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 behind 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 behind 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 behind to subside or abate. 1
  • verb without object fall behind extend downward; hang down: Her hair falls to her shoulders. 1
  • verb without object fall behind to become lowered or directed downward, as the eyes: My eyes fell before his steady gaze. 1

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Origin of fall behind

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 behind


fall behind 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 behind usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fall behind

verb fall behind

  • falter — to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, intent, etc.; give way: Her courage did not falter at the prospect of hardship.
  • pull — pull media
  • lag — netlag
  • chase — If you chase someone, or chase after them, you run after them or follow them quickly in order to catch or reach them.
  • draggle — to soil by dragging over damp ground or in mud.

Antonyms for fall behind

verb fall behind

  • complete — You use complete to emphasize that something is as great in extent, degree, or amount as it possibly can be.
  • hasten — to move or act with haste; proceed with haste; hurry: to hasten to a place.
  • hurry — to move, proceed, or act with haste (often followed by up): Hurry, or we'll be late. Hurry up, it's starting to rain.
  • speed — rapidity in moving, going, traveling, proceeding, or performing; swiftness; celerity: the speed of light; the speed of sound.
  • ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.

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