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American English: /fɔl/
British English: /fɔːl/

Translation of fall in Spanish:


  • 1 countable 1.1 (tumble) to take a fall I broke my leg in the fall
    me rompí la pierna al caerme
    to head or (esp US) ride for a fall
    ir camino al desastre
    Example sentences
    • TWO jockeys were hurt in falls and a spectator collapsed in a toilet during a North Yorkshire horse race.
    • Mrs Tempest was conscious after the initial fall but later collapsed and was airlifted to Nairobi General Hospital.
    • Runs up the ramp may be frantic attempts to escape, but end in falls, collapses and rolling back down.
    1.2 (in wrestling)
    Example sentences
    • He then did a springboard senton but Hart went to count the fall but Kash pulled him out of the ring.
    • Monty Brown pinned Sabu in 8: 35 in an Extreme rules match, which meant falls count anywhere.
    • A fall from the ring counts as two knockdowns, with three knockdowns resulting in a loss just like a knockout.
    1.3 (descent) the tree broke my fall
    el árbol frenó mi caída
    Example sentences
    • The fall in prices would be greater than the fall not only in their wage rates but also in the overall average of wage rates.
    • The dollar suffered its biggest fall against the Yen for more than a year.
    • The central bank attributed the steady plunge of the gross national savings rate to a rapid fall of savings in the household sector.
  • 2 countable (autumn) (US)
    Example sentences
    • In the fall, autumn leaves will bring a change of color to the coastline.
    • Mating season commonly takes place during the fall and winter seasons, but can occur at any time throughout the year.
    • In addition, I'd like to wish everyone a great fall and winter season, and may the weather be good to us.
  • 3 countable (decrease) a fall in somethinga fall in temperature
    un descenso de temperaturas or de la temperatura
    a fall in prices
    una bajada or caída de precios
    a fall in demand/output
    una disminución or caída de la demanda/producción
  • 4 countable 4.1 (loss of status) the Fall (of Man) (Bible)
    la caída (de Adán)
    Example sentences
    • His dramatic exit resolved the paradoxes of his life and arguably saved him a very public decline and fall.
    • But Melon subjects the ladies to a graphic account of his decline and fall.
    • The decline and fall of a mere meritocrat in a world of privilege is the theme of this novel.
    4.2 (defeat, capture) the fall of the dictator
    la caída del dictador
    Example sentences
    • Argentina's swift defeat hastened the fall of the military dictatorship and the restoration of democracy.
    • The battle between Enigorio and Enigonhahetgea reminds one of the fall of Satan in Christian lore.
    • He compared the fall of the Soviet Union to the rise of new media.
  • 5 countable (of snow)
    Example sentences
    • Management decided it was unsafe for miners to continue working as the coalface was hit by falls of rock and debris from the roof, and flooding.
    • Councillors branded it ‘diabolical’ blaming KCC for being too slow in dealing with the heavy falls of snow of January 8.
    • We awoke this morning, after promises all weekend of disruptive falls of snow, to a tiny white dusting, a little more fell soon after but for now that seems to be it.

intransitive verb past tense fell past participle fallen

  • 1 1.1 (tumble)
    I fell in the river
    me caí al río
    he fell into bed/a chair
    se dejó caer en la cama/en una silla
    she fell into his arms to fall downstairs
    caerse por la escalera
    I fell out of bed last night
    anoche me caí de la cama
    he fell to his knees
    cayó de rodillas
    he fell back into the chair
    se echó hacia atrás en la silla
    she fell under a bus/train
    la atropelló un autobús/tren
    I fell over a piece of wood
    tropecé con un trozo de madera
    the house is so small, we are falling over each other
    la casa es tan pequeña que estamos unos encima de otros
    to fall foul of somebody/somethinghe fell foul of the law
    tuvo problemas con la ley
    you'd better not fall foul of her
    mejor no te la pongas en contra
    the plan has fallen foul of the new rules on …
    el plan se ha visto obstaculizado por la nueva normativa sobre …
    to fall over oneself to + infinitive
    desvivirse por + infinitive
    matarse por + infinitive [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • I did not fall or lose my balance or anything else embarrassing, but I was annoyed.
    • We'd clasped hands and spun around, but I'd fallen off balance and crashed into the table.
    • Thrown off balance, the boy fell with a splash, just as the bullet whizzed past his head.
    1.2 (from height)
    a tree has fallen across the road
    se ha caído un árbol en medio de la carretera
    the knife fell from her hand
    el cuchillo se le cayó de la mano
    tears fell from his eyes to let something fall to let fall a comment/remark
    dejar caer un comentario/una observación
    he fell down the well
    se cayó al pozo
    he fell off his horse
    Example sentences
    • I watched her open up the paper, let the rest of the tobacco fall onto the ground, and then ball up the little bit of paper and flick it.
    • He brought his hands down, and she let the bow fall abruptly, surprised at his sudden movement.
    • His hand glowed and the gigantic sword fell to the ground, leaving a small indention where it had fallen.
    (dress/drapes) (hang down) caer
    a stray lock of hair fell over her forehead
    un mechón le caía sobre la frente
    Example sentences
    • His braided hair fell down over his shoulders, his eyes were jet black, and he liked to wear a piece of purple silk tied around his hair.
    • His long golden hair falls down over his shoulders, and you notice two pointed ears poking out from the golden locks.
    1.4 (descend)
    a sudden hush fell over the crowd
    de repente se hizo el silencio entre la multitud
    her eye fell on the book
    su mirada se detuvo en el libro
    Example sentences
    • Three Beanie Baby birthdays have fallen in the last eight days and by tonight when I was being asked to suggest presents for a lobster I confess I was feeling unhelpful.
    • Night had fallen again upon the world, letting the world below fall into a gentle slumber.
    • As night began to fall, he arrived at a village and all the hotels were full for the night.
  • 2 (decrease)
    descender [formal]
    the barometer is falling
    el barómetro está bajando
    sterling fell sharply against the dollar
    la libra esterlina sufrió un fuerte descenso con respecto al dólar
    to fall in somebody's estimation or esteem
    caer en la estima de alguien
    his face fell
    Example sentences
    • If the Footsie fell by the same amount it would have gone below 3,000.
    • Within the whole sample, depression scores fell by a similar amount in both groups at two and four months.
    • Unemployment reached the highest levels since the 1930s. Wages fell by the greatest amount in a century.
  • 3 (be captured, defeated)to fall (to somebody)
    caer (en manos or en poder de alguien)
    the capital has fallen to the rebels
    la capital ha caído en manos or en poder de los rebeldes
    Example sentences
    • Napoleon III fell from power and in 1870, Hugo witnessed the siege of Paris.
    • Where were you on the day Margaret Thatcher fell from power?
    • Ties had been strained after the Khmer Rouge fell from power in 1979, but warmed again in the mid-1990s.
    Example sentences
    • When the town fell to the epidemic of vampirism that swept the world, it must have fallen quickly.
    • Despite the efforts of Washington's regulars and the massed militia, New York and its strategic harbor fell to the enemy in September 1776. ...
    • Damar becomes even more angry, when he learns that Septimus III has fallen to the enemy, even though Weyoun had promised to "deal" with the situation.
  • 4 4.1 (pass into specified state) to fall ill or (esp US) sick
    ponerse enfermo (Spain)
    enfermarse (Latin America)
    to fall silent
    quedarse callado
    to fall vacant
    quedar libre
    to fall into decay
    irse deteriorando
    to fall into disrepute
    to fall into disuse she fell on hard times
    las cosas le empezaron a ir mal
    to fall into enemy hands
    caer en poder or en manos del enemigo
    to fall among thieves
    meterse en una cueva de ladrones
    to fall from or out of favorthat idea has fallen out of favor with educationalists
    esa idea ha perdido popularidad entre los pedagogos
    she's fallen from favor with his family
    ha caído en desgracia con su familia
    to fall out of fashion
    pasarse de moda
    4.2 (enter) to fall into a trance/coma
    entrar en trance/coma
    to fall into a trap
    caer en una trampa
    she fell into a deep sleep
    se durmió profundamente
    see alsoprey 2, → victim
  • 5 5.1 (land) the stress falls on the first syllable
    el acento cae or recae sobre la primera sílaba
    Christmas falls on a Thursday this year
    este año Navidad cae en (un) jueves
    the burden will fall on the poor
    los pobres serán los que sufrirán la carga
    which heading does it fall under?
    ¿bajo qué acápite va?
    it falls within/outside the boundaries
    cae dentro/fuera de los límites
    5.2 (into category) the problems fall into three categories
    los problemas se pueden clasificar en tres tipos diferentes
  • 6 (be slain) [formal]
    caer [formal]
    Example sentences
    • On this Memorial Day as we honor those who have fallen in battle in service of their country let us pray to whatever higher force in which we believe or hope that the dying stops.
    • That uniform is stained with the noble blood of those who've fallen in battle for their country.
    • The General was said to be battered and bruised, but was not one of the unfortunate 420000 who fell during the battle.

Phrasal verbs

fall about

fall around verb + adverb
(laugh uproariously) (British) [colloquial]
morirse de risa [colloquial]
he had us all falling about (laughing) with his jokes
nos tenía a todos muertos de risa con sus chistes [colloquial]

fall apart

verb + adverb
venirse abajo
irse a pique
the vase fell apart in my hands
el jarrón se me deshizo or se me rompió en las manos
they're letting the house fall apart
están dejando que la casa se venga abajo
he just fell apart after her death
quedó deshecho cuando ella murió

fall away

verb + adverb
1 (slope down)
caer en declive
2 (break off)
3 (decline, decrease)
to fall away sharply
irse a pique
4 (disappear)

fall back

verb + adverb
1 (retreat)
2 (lose position) the British runner has fallen back
el corredor británico ha perdido terreno or se ha quedado atrás
the share index has fallen back several points
el índice bursátil ha bajado varios enteros

fall back on

verb + adverb + preposition + object
recurrir a
echar mano de
she had her parents to fall back on
podía recurrir a sus padres
these savings will be something to fall back on in the future
con estos ahorros tendré de qué echar mano en el futuro

fall behind

verb + adverb, verb + preposition + object
quedarse atrás
he's fallen behind the rest of the class
se ha (quedado) rezagado con respecto al resto de la clase
to fall behind with somethingwe'd fallen behind with the payments
nos habíamos atrasado en los pagos
I'm falling behind with the correspondence
se me está acumulando correspondencia atrasada

fall down

verb + adverb
1 (to the ground)
venirse abajo
I fell down the stairs
me caí por la escalera
he fell down on his knees and prayed
se arrodilló y se puso a rezar
2 (fail) where the book falls down is in …
donde el libro falla es en …
to fall down on something (British)
fallar en algo
I tend to fall down on my biology
donde suelo fallar or donde no estoy muy fuerte es en biología

fall for

verb + preposition + object
1 (be attracted to)
enamorarse de
quedar prendado de
Gus fell for Hilda in a big way
Gus se enamoró de Hilda de verdad
2 (be deceived by)
tragarse [colloquial]
surely you didn't fall for that old ploy!
¡no te habrás tragado semejante cuento! [colloquial]
the poor girl fell for it
la pobre picó or se lo tragó [colloquial]

fall in

verb + adverb
1 (tumble in)
caerse (a un pozo, al agua etc)
2 (collapse)
venirse abajo
3 (form ranks) (Military)
formar filas

fall in with

verb + adverb + preposition + object
1 (meet and join)
juntarse con
she's fallen in with rather a bad crowd
anda en malas compañías
2 (agree with)
I'm happy to fall in with whatever you want to do
yo estoy dispuesta a hacer lo que ustedes quieran

fall off

verb + adverb
1 (tumble down from)
caerse (de una bicicleta, un caballo etc)
2 (break off)
3 (become less)
4 (worsen)
to fall off dramatically
dar un gran bajón
tener un gran bajón
pegar un gran bajón [colloquial]

fall on

verb + preposition + object
1 (attack)
caer sobre
he fell on the food as if he hadn't eaten for a week
se abalanzó sobre la comida como si hiciera una semana que no comía
2fall to 2 2

fall out

verb + adverb
1 (drop out)
it must have fallen out when you opened the bag
se te debe (de) haber caído cuando abriste la bolsa
2 (break ranks) (Military)
romper filas
fall out!
¡rompan filas!
3 (quarrel)
she had fallen out with her boyfriend
se había peleado con su novio
había reñido con su novio
4 (happen) if I had known how things would fall out
si hubiera sabido cómo iban a salir or a resultar las cosas

fall over

verb + adverb
to fall over oneself/each other to do somethingthey were falling over themselves to help
se desvivían por ayudar
they are falling over each other to get the contract
están desesperados por conseguir el contrato

fall through

verb + adverb
(fail) the trip to Spain has fallen through
el viaje a España ha quedado en la nada
if the sale falls through
si no se concreta la venta

fall to

1verb + adverb (begin enthusiastically) the food arrived and we fell to with a will
llegó la comida y todos atacamos con ganas [colloquial]
they all fell to and finished the work in an hour
todos (se) pusieron manos a la obra y terminaron el trabajo en una hora
2verb + preposition + object 2.1 (begin)to fall to -ing
ponerse or empezar a + infinitive
I fell to thinking about old times
empecé or me puse a pensar en los viejos tiempos
2.2 (be somebody's responsibility) (task/duty)
corresponderle a
it falls to me to see that …
me corresponde a mí asegurarme de que …
the task fell to Mr Lennox
le tocó or le correspondió al señor Lennox hacerlo

fall upon

fall on
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