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Synonyms of fall in English:


  • 1 bombers screamed above and bombs began to fall
    drop, drop down, plummet, descend, come down, go down, plunge, sink, dive, nosedive, tumble, pitch;
    technical gravitate
    [Antonyms] rise
  • 2 he lost his balance and fell
    topple over, tumble over, keel over, fall down, fall over, go head over heels, go end over end, fall headlong, go headlong, collapse, fall in a heap, take a spill, pitch forward;
    trip, trip over, stumble, stagger, slip, slide;
    Scottish & Northern Irish  cowp
    informal come a cropper, go for six
    [Antonyms] get up
  • 3 inflation is expected to fall
    decrease, decline, diminish, fall off, drop off, go down, grow less, lessen, dwindle;
    plummet, plunge, slump, sink;
    depreciate, decrease in value, lose value, decline in price, cheapen, devalue
    informal hit the floor, go through the floor, nosedive, take a nosedive, take a header, go into a tailspin, crash
    [Antonyms] rise, increase
  • 4 the Mogul empire fell several centuries later
    [Antonyms] flourish
  • 5 a monument to those who fell in the Civil War
    die, be killed, be slain, be a casualty, be a fatality, be lost, lose one's life, perish, drop dead, meet one's end, meet one's death
    informal bite the dust, croak, buy it
    British informal snuff it, peg out
    North American informal bite the big one
    archaic decease
  • 6 the town fell to the barbarians
    be overthrown by, be taken by, be defeated by, be conquered by, be overcome by, be overwhelmed by, lose one's position to, pass into the hands of, fall victim to
    [Antonyms] resist
  • 7 Easter falls on 23rd April
  • 8 he waited for night to fall
    come, arrive, appear, occur, arise, materialize
  • 9 my grandmother fell ill
    become, come/get to be, grow, get, turn
  • 10 more of the domestic tasks may fall to him
    be the responsibility of, be the duty of, be borne by, be one's job, be one's task;
    come someone's way
  • Phrases

    fall about laughing
    I didn't know whether to get angry or fall about laughing
    guffaw, chuckle, chortle, cackle, howl, roar, ha-ha, fall about, roar/hoot with laughter, shake with laughter, be convulsed with laughter, dissolve into laughter, split one's sides, be doubled up
    informal be in stitches, die laughing, be rolling in the aisles, laugh like a drain, bust a gut, break up, be creased up, crease up, crack up
    fall apart
  • 1 my boots fell apart
    disintegrate, fragment, break up, break apart, crumble, dissolve, degenerate, decay, moulder, perish;
    go downhill, go to rack and ruin
    informal bust
    [Antonyms] remain intact
  • 2 I was gentle with him when he fell apart
    break down, have a breakdown, go to pieces, fall to pieces, lose control, lose one's self-control, crumble
    informal crack up, freak, freak out
  • fall asleep
    Claire tried not to fall asleep
    [Antonyms] stay awake, wake up
    North American informal sack out, zone out
    fall away
    the ground fell away abruptly
    [Antonyms] rise
    slope down, slope, slant down, go down, incline downwards, tilt downwards, drop away, drop, descend, dip, sink, plunge
    rare decline
    fall back
    the force of her blow caused him to fall back
    [Antonyms] advance
    retreat, withdraw, back off, draw back, pull back, pull away, move away, retire, pull out;
    turn tail, flee, take flight, beat a (hasty) retreat
    fall back on
    you can always fall back on the support of relatives
    resort to, turn to, look to, call on, call into play, call into action, call into service, press into service, have recourse to, make use of, use, employ;
    fall behind
  • 1 she walked so fast that the others soon fell behind
    lag, lag behind, trail, trail behind, be left behind, fall back, drop back, not keep up, lose one's place, not keep pace, bring up the rear;
    straggle, dally, dawdle, hang back, drag one's feet, take one's time
    [Antonyms] overtake
  • 2 customers fell behind on their payments
    get into debt, get into arrears, default, be in the red, be late, be overdue;
    not keep up with
    [Antonyms] be up to date
  • fall down
  • 1 I spin round and round till I fall down
    fall over, fall, topple over, tumble down, keel over, collapse, fall in a heap, trip, take a spill, stumble, stagger
    informal come a cropper, go for six
  • 2 the federation fell down in some areas
    fail, be unsuccessful, not succeed, lack success, not make the grade, not come up to expectations, fall short, fall flat, disappoint;
    miss the mark, run aground, go astray, suffer defeat
    informal come a cropper, flop
    [Antonyms] come through, succeed
  • fall for
  • 1 she fell for a younger man
    fall in love with, become infatuated with, lose one's heart to, take a liking to, take a fancy to, be smitten by, be attracted to, desire
    informal fancy, be turned on by, have the hots for
  • 2 Jenkins is far too astute to fall for that trick
    be deceived by, be duped by, be fooled by, be taken in by, accept, believe, trust, be convinced by, have confidence in
    informal go for, buy, swallow, {swallow something hook, line, and sinker}, take something as gospel
  • fall in
  • 1 the roof of our house fell in
    collapse, cave in, come down about one's ears, crash in, fall down;
    subside, sag, slump, sink inwards;
    [Antonyms] hold up
  • 2 he ordered his troops to fall in
    get in formation, get in line, line up, take one's position, get in order, get into rows/columns;
    Military  dress
    British informal form a crocodile
    [Antonyms] fall out
  • fall into place
  • 1 it was at this point that everything began to fall into place
    become clear, come home to one, make sense, dawn, register, get through, sink in
    informal click
  • 2 almost miraculously, the pieces fell into place
    take shape, come together, take form, become definite
  • fall in with
  • 1 he fell in with a bad crowd
    get involved with, take up with, join up with, go around with, string along with, become friendly with, make friends with, strike up a friendship with, start seeing, make the acquaintance of
    informal hang out with, hang about with, knock about/around with
  • 2 he refused to fall in with their demands
    [Antonyms] disobey
  • fall off
    the amount of container shipping has fallen off
    [Antonyms] increase
    decrease, decline, diminish, drop off, go down, go downhill, grow less, lessen, dwindle, plummet, plunge, slump, sink
    informal hit the floor, go through the floor, nosedive, take a nosedive, take a header, go into a tailspin, crash
    fall on
  • 1 the army fell on the besiegers
    attack, assail, assault, make an assault on, fly at, let fly at, launch oneself at, set about, set upon, pounce upon, ambush, surprise, accost, rush, storm, charge
    British informal have a go at
    North American informal light into
  • 2 the cost should not fall on the students
    be borne by, be carried by, be the responsibility of, be paid by
  • fall out
  • 1 let's not fall out over silly things
    quarrel, argue, row, fight, have a row, have a fight, squabble, bicker, have words, disagree, differ, have a difference of opinion, have a disagreement, be at odds, clash, wrangle, get into conflict, get into a dispute, cross swords, lock horns, be at loggerheads, be at each other's throats
    informal scrap, argufy, go at it hammer and tongs, argy-bargy
    Scottish archaic threap
    [Antonyms] make up
  • 2 the soldier fell out without permission
    move out of formation, move out of line, get out of line, get out of formation;
    stand at ease
    [Antonyms] fall in
  • 3 it fell out that we lost
  • fall short
    the results fall short of what was expected
    [Antonyms] measure up (to)
    fail to meet, fail to reach, fail to live up to;
    be deficient, be inadequate, be insufficient, be wanting, be lacking, disappoint, fail, fail to live up to one's expectations
    informal not come up to scratch
    fall through
    unfortunately the deal fell through
    [Antonyms] succeed
    fail, be unsuccessful, come to nothing, come to naught, fail to happen, miscarry, abort, go awry, be frustrated, collapse, founder, come to grief;
    come to a halt, grind to a halt, end, terminate
    informal fizzle out, flop, fold, come a cropper, blow up in someone's face, go down like a lead balloon
    fall to
    dated you must take off your coats and fall to See start (sense 4 of the verb)


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  • 1 he had an accidental fall
    informal nosedive, header, cropper
  • 2 September's reports showed a fall in sales
    decline, fall-off, drop, dropping off, decrease, cut, lessening, lowering, dip, diminishing, dwindling, reduction, plummet, plunge, slump, deterioration, downswing
    informal nosedive, crash, let-up
    [Antonyms] increase
  • 3 the fall of the Roman Empire
    downfall, ruin, ruination, collapse, failure, decline, deterioration, degeneration, destruction, overthrow, demise
    [Antonyms] rise
  • 4 the fall of the city to the enemy
    surrender, surrendering, capitulation, yielding, giving in, submission, acquiescence, succumbing, resignation, laying down of arms;
  • 5 there is a fall of some fifty feet down to the ocean
    descent, declivity, slope, downward slope, downward slant, incline;
    North American  downgrade
    [Antonyms] ascent
  • 6 Christianity the Fall of Man
    sin, sinning, wrongdoing, transgression, error, yielding to temptation, offence, lapse, fall from grace, backsliding;
  • 7 (falls) they went on rafting trips below the falls
    Northern English  force
    Scottish archaic linn
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