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; cascade
    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
    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
    surrender, yield, submit, give in, give up, give way, capitulate, succumb; 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 laughingguffawchucklechortlecacklehowlroarha-hafall aboutroar/hoot with laughtershake with laughterbe convulsed with laughterdissolve into laughtersplit one's sidesbe doubled up informalbe in stitchesdie laughingbe rolling in the aisleslaugh like a drainbust a gutbreak upbe creased upcrease upcrack up

    fall apart

  • 1 my boots fell apart
    fall to pieces, come to pieces, fall to bits, come to bits, come apart (at the seams); 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
    doze offdrop offgo to sleep informalnod offgo offdrift offcrashcrash outflake outconk outgo out like a lightNorth American informalsack outzone out

    fall away

    the ground fell away abruptly
    [Antonyms] rise
    slope downslopeslant downgo downincline downwardstilt downwardsdrop awaydropdescenddipsinkplunge raredecline

    fall back

    the force of her blow caused him to fall back
    [Antonyms] advance
    retreatwithdrawback offdraw backpull backpull awaymove awayretirepull outturn tailfleetake flightbeat a (hasty) retreat

    fall back on

    you can always fall back on the support of relativesresort toturn tolook tocall oncall into playcall into actioncall into servicepress into servicehave recourse tomake use ofuseemployrely ondepend onlean on

    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; give way, crumple, crumble, disintegrate, fall to pieces
    [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; Militarydress
    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
    decreasedeclinediminishdrop offgo downgo downhillgrow lesslessendwindleplummetplungeslumpsink informalhit the floorgo through the floornosedivetake a nosedivetake a headergo into a tailspincrash

    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 meetfail to reachfail to live up tobe deficientbe inadequatebe insufficientbe wantingbe lackingdisappointfailfail to live up to one's expectations informalnot come up to scratch

    fall through

    unfortunately the deal fell through
    [Antonyms] succeed
    failbe unsuccessfulcome to nothingcome to naughtfail to happenmiscarryabortgo awrybe frustratedcollapsefoundercome to griefcome to a haltgrind to a haltendterminate informalfizzle outflopfoldcome a cropperblow up in someone's facego 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
    tumble, trip, spill, topple, stumble, slip; collapse
    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; defeat
  • 5 there is a fall of some fifty feet down to the ocean
    descent, declivity, slope, downward slope, downward slant, incline; North Americandowngrade
    [Antonyms] ascent
  • 6 Christianity the Fall of Man
    sin, sinning, wrongdoing, transgression, error, yielding to temptation, offence, lapse, fall from grace, backsliding; original sin
  • 7 (falls) they went on rafting trips below the falls
    waterfall, cascade, cataract, chute, torrent; rapids, white water; Northern Englishforce
    Scottish archaic linn
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