(noun, verb)


1. the season when the leaves fall from the trees

- in the fall of 1973

Similar word(s): autumn

Definition categories: time, season

2. a sudden drop from an upright position

Similar word(s): spill, tumble

Definition categories: act, slip, trip

3. the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve

- women have been blamed ever since the Fall

Definition categories: event

4. a downward slope or bend

Similar word(s): declension, declination, decline, declivity, descent, downslope

Definition categories: object, incline, side, slope

5. a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity

- a fall from virtue

Definition categories: act, sin, sinning

6. a sudden decline in strength or number or importance

- the fall of the House of Hapsburg

Similar word(s): downfall

Definition categories: event, weakening

7. a movement downward

- the rise and fall of the tides

Definition categories: event, travel

8. the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions)

Similar word(s): capitulation, surrender

Definition categories: act, loss

9. the time of day immediately following sunset

- they finished before the fall of night

Similar word(s): crepuscle, crepuscule, dusk, evenfall, gloam, gloaming, nightfall, twilight

Definition categories: time, hour

10. when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat

Similar word(s): pin

Definition categories: event, triumph, victory

11. a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity

Similar word(s): drop

Definition categories: event, gravitation, descent

12. a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity

- when that became known the price of their stock went into free fall

Similar word(s): dip, drop

Definition categories: attribute, decrease, decrement

Sentences with fall as a noun:

- the fall of Rome

- He set up his rival to take the fall.


1. descend in free fall under the influence of gravity

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

2. move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

- The barometer is falling

Similar word(s): descend

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

3. pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind

- fall into a trap

- Fall in love

- fall asleep

Similar word(s): slip, break, separate, crumble, recede, dawdle, lag, flop, founder

Definition categories: change, turn

4. come under, be classified or included

- fall into a category

Similar word(s): come

Definition categories: stative, be

5. fall from clouds

- rain, snow and sleet were falling

Similar word(s): precipitate

Definition categories: weather

6. suffer defeat, failure, or ruin

- We must stand or fall

- fall by the wayside

Definition categories: social, fail, miscarry

7. die, as in battle or in a hunt

- Several deer have fallen to the same gun

Definition categories: stative, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, exit, expire, go, pass, perish

8. touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly

Similar word(s): shine, strike

Definition categories: stative, hap, happen, occur, pass

9. be captured

Definition categories: possession, yield

10. occur at a specified time or place

- Christmas falls on a Monday this year

- The accent falls on the first syllable

Definition categories: change, hap, happen, occur, pass

11. decrease in size, extent, or range

Similar word(s): decrease, diminish, lessen

Definition categories: change

12. yield to temptation or sin

Definition categories: social, sin, transgress, trespass, fall

13. lose office or power

Definition categories: social, quit, resign

14. to be given by assignment or distribution

Definition categories: possession

15. move in a specified direction

- The line of men fall forward

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

16. be due

- payments fall on the 1st of the month

Definition categories: stative, be

17. lose one's chastity

- a fallen woman

Definition categories: social

18. to be given by right or inheritance

Definition categories: possession

19. come into the possession of

Similar word(s): accrue

Definition categories: possession

20. fall to somebody by assignment or lot

Similar word(s): light

Definition categories: possession, devolve, fall, pass, return

21. be inherited by

Similar word(s): devolve, pass, return

Definition categories: possession

22. slope downward

- The hills around here fall towards the ocean

Definition categories: motion, incline, pitch, slope

23. lose an upright position suddenly

Definition categories: motion

24. drop oneself to a lower or less erect position

Definition categories: motion

25. fall or flow in a certain way

Similar word(s): flow, hang

Definition categories: contact

26. assume a disappointed or sad expression

Definition categories: change

27. be cast down

Definition categories: change

28. come out; issue

Definition categories: change, egress, emerge, issue

29. be born, used chiefly of lambs

Definition categories: change

30. begin vigorously

Definition categories: change, begin, commence, get, start

31. go as if by falling

Definition categories: change, disappear, vanish

32. come as if by falling

Similar word(s): descend, settle

Definition categories: change, come

Sentences with fall as a verb:

- to fall the voice

- to fall a tree

- She has fallen ill.  The children fell asleep in the back of the car.  When did you first fall in love?

- Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday.  Last year, Commencement fell on June 3.

- And so it falls to me to make this important decision.  The estate fell to his brother; the kingdom fell into the hands of his rivals.

- to fall into error;  to fall into difficulties