Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Thesaurus

fall

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of fall

  1. 1 the act of going down from an upright position suddenly and involuntarily <a bad fall that resulted in several broken bones> Synonyms slip, spill, stumble, tumble Related Words header, pratfall; misstep, trip; descent, dive, plunge, skid, slide; free-fall

  2. 2 a change to a lower state or level <last night's record fall in temperature was a sure sign that winter's coming, like it or not> Synonyms decadence, declension, declination, degeneracy, degeneration, degradation, dégringolade, descent, deterioration, devolution, downfall, downgrade, ebb, eclipse, declineRelated Words dark age, nadir, sunset; decay, rotting, spoiling; breakup, crumbling, decomposition, disintegration, dissolution; abasement, debasement; depreciation, lessening; decimation, demolishment, demolition, desolation, destruction, havoc, ruin, ruination; abatement, decrease, decrement, de-escalation, deflation, diminishment, diminution, dip, downslide, downtrend, downturn, drop, drop-off, falloff, loss, lowering, reduction, sag, shrinkage, slip, slumpNear Antonyms advancement, development, evolution, growth; blossoming, flourishing, flowering; renewal, restoration, revitalization; heightening; accretion, accrual, addendum, addition, augmentation, boost, enhancement, gain, increase, increment, raise, supplementAntonyms ascent, rise, upswing

  3. 3 a loss of status <being sent back to the minor leagues was quite a fall for the once-promising pitcher> Synonyms decline, dégringolade, demise, descent, down, downfall, comedown, flameout, GötterdämmerungRelated Words breakdown, burnout, collapse, crash, meltdown, ruin, undoing; defeat, disappointment, reversal, setback; bottom, nadir; abasement, disgrace, humiliationNear Antonyms advance, headway, progress; flower, heyday, primeAntonyms aggrandizement, ascent, exaltation, rise, up

  4. 4 the act or process of going to a lower level or altitude <panicked during his first unassisted fall when his parachute's rip cord didn't respond to the first tug> Synonyms dip, dive, down, drop, descent, nosedive, plungeRelated Words comedown, decline, downfall, downgrade; plummeting, sinkingNear Antonyms advance, headway, progress, progression; betterment, improvementAntonyms ascent, climb, rise, rising, soaring, upswing, upturn

  5. 5 the amount by which something is lessened <that year the fall in prices was 10 cents for a gallon of regular gas> Synonyms abatement, decline, decrement, dent, depletion, depression, diminishment, diminution, drop, drop-off, decrease, falloff, loss, reduction, shrinkage, step-downRelated Words deduction, subtraction; downturn, slip, slump; curtailment, cut, cutback, retrenchment, shorteningNear Antonyms accretion, accrual, accumulation, addition, supplement; continuation, extension; upswing, uptrend, upturnAntonyms boost, enlargement, gain, increase, increment, raise, rise, step-up, uptick

  6. 6 usually falls pl  a fall of water usually from a great height <tourists were shocked to see a man jump into the water and go over the falls> Synonyms cascade, cataract, waterfall(s)Related Words flume; chute (also shute), rapid(s), shoot, white water

  7. 7 a downward slope <the sharp fall of the land sends rivers rushing to the seas> Synonyms declension, declivity, descent, dip, downgrade, downhill, decline, hang, hangingRelated Words basin, depression, hollowNear Antonyms glacis, grade, gradient, hill, inclination, incline, lean, pitch, rake, tiltAntonyms acclivity, ascent, rise, upgrade, uphill, uprise




fall

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of fall

  1. 1 to go down from an upright position suddenly and involuntarily <better sand that walkway before somebody falls on the ice> Synonyms slip, stumble, topple, trip, tumble Related Words collapse, crumple, drop, flump, keel, plop, plunk (or plonk), slump (over); crash, free-fall, nose-dive, plummet, plunge, precipitate, wipe out; skid, slide Antonyms get up, rise, stand (up), uprise

  2. 2 to yield to the control or power of enemy forces <the city fell after weeks of merciless bombardment> Synonyms capitulate, give up, knuckle under, submit, succumb, surrender Related Words bow, buckle, cave (in), collapse, give (in); hand over, relinquish; lose; concede, fail, fold Near Antonyms buck, defy, fight, oppose, repel, resist, withstand; beat, overcome, win; conquer, prevail, triumph Antonyms endure, stand

  3. 3 to go to a lower level especially abruptly <word soon got out that the movie was no good, and box-office receipts fell like a rock> Synonyms crash, crater, decline, descend, dip, dive, drop, lower, nose-dive, plummet, plunge, sink, skid, tumbleRelated Words abate, decrease, de-escalate, die (down), diminish, droop, dwindle, ebb, lessen, let up, moderate, subside, taper off, wane; recede, retreatNear Antonyms accumulate, balloon, build, burgeon (also bourgeon), enlarge, escalate, expand, grow, increase, intensify, mushroom, pick up, snowball, swell, waxAntonyms arise, ascend, lift, mount, rise, soar, spike, up

  4. 4 to grow less in scope or intensity especially gradually <manufacturing in the area is falling, and closing signs are going up all over> Synonyms abate, decline, de-escalate, die (away or down or out), diminish, drain (away), drop (off), dwindle, ease, ebb, decrease, fall away, lessen, let up, lower, moderate, pall, phase down, ratchet (down) also rachet (down), recede, relent, remit, shrink, subside, taper, taper off, waneRelated Words compress, condense, constrict, contract; evaporate, fade (away), fritter (away), give out, melt (away), peter (out), tail (off), vanish; slacken, slow (down); alleviate, relax; flag, sink, weaken; cave (in), collapse, deflateNear Antonyms appear, emerge, show up; blow up, distend, elongate, lengthenAntonyms accumulate, balloon, build, burgeon (also bourgeon), enlarge, escalate, expand, grow, increase, intensify, mount, mushroom, pick up, rise, snowball, soar, swell, wax

  5. 5 to lead or extend downward <the lake bottom falls sharply just a few feet from the shoreline, so be careful> Synonyms decline, dip, drop, descend, plunge, sinkRelated Words angle, cant, cock, heel, incline, lean, list, recline, slant, slope, tilt, tipNear Antonyms even, flatten, level, plane, smooth, straightenAntonyms arise, ascend, climb, mount, rise, uprise, upsweep, upturn

  6. 6 to undergo defeat <not surprisingly, the novice player fell to a much stronger opponent> Synonyms bow out, loseRelated Words falter; tank, throw; forfeit; bomb, collapse, crack (up), fail, flop, flunk, fold, founder, miss, strike out, wash outNear Antonyms flourish, prosper, succeed, thriveAntonyms conquer, prevail, triumph, win

  7. 7 to commit an offense <even saints can fall> Synonyms err, offend, sin, stray, transgress, trespass, wanderRelated Words breach, break, infringe, violate; backslide, lapse; mess upNear Antonyms forgive, justify, pardon; regret, repent, rue

  8. 8 to stop living <if their brave leader falls, the men will lose their courage> Synonyms check out, conk (out), croak [slang], decease, demise, depart, drop, end, exit, expire, die, flatline, go, kick in [slang], kick off [slang], pass (on), pass away, part, peg out [chiefly British], perish, pop off, step out, succumbRelated Words predecease; consume, disappear, dry up, fade, failNear Antonyms come to, revive; linger; be, exist, subsist; flourish, prosper, thriveAntonyms breathe, live




Learn More about fall


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up fall? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to depart quickly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alphabet-pasta-spelling-help

Which is the correct spelling?

accommodate acommodate accomodate acommadate
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ