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definition of the word fall

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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Old English feallan

Infinitive
to fall

Third person singular
falls

Simple past
fell or (in archaic sense only) felled

Past participle
fallen or (in archaic sense only) felled

Present participle
falling

to fall (third-person singular simple present falls, present participle falling, simple past fell or (in archaic sense only) felled, past participle fallen or (in archaic sense only) felled)

  1. (intransitive) to move to a lower position under the effect of gravity
    Thrown from a cliff, the stone fell 100 feet before hitting the ground.
  2. (intransitive) to come down, to drop or descend
    The rain fell at dawn.
  3. (intransitive) to come to the ground deliberately, to prostrate oneself
    He fell to the floor and begged for mercy.
  4. (intransitive) to be brought to the ground
  5. (intransitive) to collapse; to be overthrown or defeated
    Rome fell to the Goths in 410 AD.
  6. (intransitive, literary) to die
    This is a monument to all those who fell in the First World War.
  7. (transitive) to be allotted to; to receive through chance or fate something intangible.
    And so it falls to me to make this important decision.
  8. (intransitive) to become lower (in quantity, pitch, etc)
    • The candidate's poll ratings fell abruptly after the banking scandal.
  9. (transitive) (followed by a determining word) to become; to be affected by or befallen with a calamity; to change into the state described by the adjective that follows; to become prostrated literally or figuratively (see Usage notes below)
    • She has fallen ill.
    • Our senator fell into disrepute because of the banking scandal.
  10. (transitive, archaic) to cause something to descend to the ground; especially to cause a tree to descend to the ground by cutting it down.


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