:to descend freely by the force of gravity
- An apple fell from the tree.
:to hang freely
- her hair falls over her shoulders
:to drop oneself to a lower position
:to come or go as if by falling
- darkness falls early in the winter
:to become born
—usually used of lambs
:to become lower in degree or level
:to drop in pitch or volume
- their voices fell to a whisper
- wisdom that fell from his lips
:to leave an erect position suddenly and involuntarily
- slipped and fell on the ice
:to drop down wounded or dead;
:to die in battle
- Many men fell on the battlefield.
:to suffer military capture
- after a long siege the city fell
:to lose office
- the party fell from power
:to suffer ruin, defeat, or failure
:to commit an immoral act
:to lose one's chastity
- but man willfully misused his God-given freedom and fell into sin
- —John Hick
:to move or extend in a downward direction
- the land falls away to the east
:to decline in quality, activity, or quantity
:to lose weight
—used with off or away
- The cattle have fallen off badly in the drought.
:to assume a look of shame, disappointment, or dejection
:to decline in financial value or price
:to occur at a certain time
- her birthday falls on a Monday this year
:to come by chance
- a job that fell into his hands
:to come or pass by lot, assignment, or inheritance :devolve
- it fell to him to break the news
:to have a certain or proper position, place, or station
- the accent falls on the second syllable
:to come within the limits, scope, or jurisdiction of something
- this word falls into the class of verbs
:to pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind or a new state or condition
:to set about heartily or actively
fall all over oneself
fall over oneself
fall over backward
:to display great or excessive eagerness
- Fans were falling all over themselves trying to get the basketball star's autograph.
:to succumb to mental or emotional stress :break down
- She began to fall apart when her son was imprisoned.
:to lag behind
- The slower hikers fell behind the group.
:to be in arrears
- He fell behind in his car payments.
fall between two stools
:to fail because of inability to choose between or reconcile two alternative or conflicting courses of action
:to produce no response or result
:to fall in love with
- He fell for her the moment he saw her.
fall from grace
:to lose acceptance or good reputation
- The governor fell from grace when he was accused of tax fraud.
:to curve inward
—used of the timbers or upper parts of a ship's side
fall into line
:to comply with a certain course of action
- The company fell into line with the new regulations.
fall on one's face
:to fail utterly
- the movie fell on its face at the box office
fall on one's sword
:to sacrifice one's pride or position
- The coach fell on his sword apologizing for the team's poor season.
:to be deficient
- The expedition's supplies began to fall short.
:to fail to attain something (such as a goal or target)
- The results fell short of expectations.