Synonyms of fall in English:

fall


See definition of fall

verb

1‘bombers screamed above and bombs began to fall’

SYNONYMS

drop, drop down, plummet, descend, come down, go down, plunge, sink, dive, nosedive, tumble, pitch

cascade

technical gravitate

ANTONYMS

rise

2‘he lost his balance and fell’

SYNONYMS

topple over, tumble over, keel over, fall down, fall over, go head over heels, go end over end, fall headlong, go headlong, collapse, fall in a heap, take a spill, pitch forward

trip, trip over, stumble, stagger, slip, slide

Northern Irish Scottish cowp

informal come a cropper, go for six

dated measure one's length

ANTONYMS

get up

3‘little by little, the river began to fall’

SYNONYMS

subside, recede, ebb, fall back, flow back, fall away, go down, get lower, sink

abate, settle

rare retrocede

ANTONYMS

rise, flood

4‘inflation is expected to fall’

SYNONYMS

decrease, decline, diminish, fall off, drop off, go down, grow less, lessen, dwindle

plummet, plunge, slump, sink

depreciate, decrease in value, lose value, decline in price, cheapen, devalue

informal hit the floor, go through the floor, nosedive, take a nosedive, take a header, go into a tailspin, crash

ANTONYMS

rise, increase

5‘the Mogul empire fell several centuries later’

SYNONYMS

decline, deteriorate, degenerate, go downhill, go to rack and ruin

die, decay, atrophy, wither, fade, fail

informal go to the dogs, go to pot, hit the skids, go down the toilet, go down the tubes

NZ Australian informal go to the pack

rare retrograde

ANTONYMS

flourish

6‘a monument to those who fell in the Civil War’

SYNONYMS

die, be killed, be slain, be a casualty, be a fatality, be lost, lose one's life, perish, drop dead, meet one's end, meet one's death

informal bite the dust, croak, buy it

British informal snuff it, peg out

North American informal bite the big one

archaic decease

7‘the town fell to the barbarians’

SYNONYMS

surrender, yield, submit, give in, give up, give way, capitulate, succumb

be overthrown by, be taken by, be defeated by, be conquered by, be overcome by, be overwhelmed by, lose one's position to, pass into the hands of, fall victim to

ANTONYMS

resist

8‘Easter falls on 23rd April’

SYNONYMS

occur, take place, happen, come about, come to pass

9‘he waited for night to fall’

SYNONYMS

come, arrive, appear, occur, arise, materialize

10‘my grandmother fell ill’

SYNONYMS

become, come to be, get to be, grow, get, turn

11‘more of the domestic tasks may fall to him’

SYNONYMS

be the responsibility of, be the duty of, be borne by, be one's job, be one's task

come someone's way


noun

1‘he had an accidental fall’

SYNONYMS

tumble, trip, spill, topple, stumble, slip

collapse

informal nosedive, header, cropper

2‘September's reports showed a fall in sales’

SYNONYMS

decline, fall-off, drop, dropping off, decrease, cut, lessening, lowering, dip, diminishing, dwindling, reduction, plummet, plunge, slump, deterioration, downswing

informal nosedive, crash, let-up

ANTONYMS

increase

3‘the fall of the Roman Empire’

SYNONYMS

downfall, ruin, ruination, collapse, failure, decline, deterioration, degeneration, destruction, overthrow, demise

ANTONYMS

rise

4‘the fall of the city to the enemy’

SYNONYMS

surrender, surrendering, capitulation, yielding, giving in, submission, acquiescence, succumbing, resignation, laying down of arms

defeat

5‘there is a fall of some fifty feet down to the ocean’

SYNONYMS

descent, declivity, slope, downward slope, downward slant, incline

North American downgrade

ANTONYMS

ascent

6‘the Fall of Man’

SYNONYMS

sin, sinning, wrongdoing, transgression, error, yielding to temptation, offence, lapse, fall from grace, backsliding

original sin

7falls‘they went on rafting trips below the falls’

SYNONYMS

waterfall, cascade, cataract, chute, torrent

rapids, white water

Northern English force

Scottish archaic linn


Phrases

    fall about laughing

      ‘I didn't know whether to get angry or fall about laughing’

      SYNONYMS

      guffaw, chuckle, chortle, cackle, howl, roar, ha-ha, fall about, hoot with laughter, roar with laughter, shake with laughter, be convulsed with laughter, dissolve into laughter, split one's sides, be doubled up

      informal

      be in stitches, die laughing, be rolling in the aisles, laugh like a drain, bust a gut, break up, be creased up, crease up, crack up

    fall apart

      1‘my boots fell apart’

      SYNONYMS

      fall to pieces, come to pieces, fall to bits, come to bits, come apart, come apart at the seams

      disintegrate, fragment, break up, break apart, crumble, dissolve, degenerate, decay, moulder, perish

      go downhill, go to rack and ruin

      informal

      bust

      ANTONYMS

      remain intact

      2‘I was gentle with him when he fell apart’

      SYNONYMS

      break down, have a breakdown, go to pieces, fall to pieces, lose control, lose one's self-control, crumble

      informal

      crack up, freak, freak out

    fall asleep

      ‘Claire tried not to fall asleep’

      SYNONYMS

      doze off, drop off, go to sleep

      informal

      nod off, go off, drift off, crash, crash out, flake out, conk out, go out like a light

      North American informal

      sack out, zone out

      ANTONYMS

      stay awake, wake up

    fall away

      ‘the ground fell away abruptly’

      SYNONYMS

      slope down, slope, slant down, go down, incline downwards, tilt downwards, drop away, drop, descend, dip, sink, plunge

      rare

      decline

      ANTONYMS

      rise

    fall back

      ‘the force of her blow caused him to fall back’

      SYNONYMS

      retreat, withdraw, back off, draw back, pull back, pull away, move away, retire, pull out

      turn tail, flee, take flight, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat

      ANTONYMS

      advance

    fall back on

      ‘you can always fall back on the support of relatives’

      SYNONYMS

      resort to, turn to, look to, call on, call into play, call into action, call into service, press into service, have recourse to, make use of, use, employ

      rely on, depend on, lean on

    fall behind

      1‘she walked so fast that the others soon fell behind’

      SYNONYMS

      lag, lag behind, trail, trail behind, be left behind, fall back, drop back, not keep up, lose one's place, not keep pace, bring up the rear

      straggle, dally, dawdle, hang back, drag one's feet, take one's time

      ANTONYMS

      overtake

      2‘customers fell behind on their payments’

      SYNONYMS

      get into debt, get into arrears, default, be in the red, be late, be overdue

      not keep up with

      ANTONYMS

      be up to date

    fall down

      1‘I spin round and round till I fall down’

      SYNONYMS

      fall over, fall, topple over, tumble down, keel over, collapse, fall in a heap, trip, take a spill, stumble, stagger

      informal

      come a cropper, go for six

      dated

      measure one's length

      2‘the federation fell down in some areas’

      SYNONYMS

      fail, be unsuccessful, not succeed, lack success, not make the grade, not come up to expectations, fall short, fall flat, disappoint

      miss the mark, run aground, go astray, suffer defeat

      informal

      come a cropper, flop

      ANTONYMS

      come through, succeed

    fall for

      1‘she fell for a younger man’

      SYNONYMS

      fall in love with, become infatuated with, lose one's heart to, take a liking to, take a fancy to, be smitten by, be attracted to, desire

      informal

      fancy, be turned on by, have the hots for

      2‘Jenkins is far too astute to fall for that trick’

      SYNONYMS

      be deceived by, be duped by, be fooled by, be taken in by, accept, believe, trust, be convinced by, have confidence in

      informal

      go for, buy, swallow, swallow something hook, line, and sinker, take something as gospel

    fall in

      1‘the roof of our house fell in’

      SYNONYMS

      collapse, cave in, come down about one's ears, crash in, fall down

      subside, sag, slump, sink inwards

      give way, crumple, crumble, disintegrate, fall to pieces

      ANTONYMS

      hold up

      2‘he ordered his troops to fall in’

      SYNONYMS

      get in formation, get in line, line up, take one's position, get in order, get into columns, get into rows

      dress

      British informal

      form a crocodile

      ANTONYMS

      fall out

    fall into place

      1‘it was at this point that everything began to fall into place’

      SYNONYMS

      become clear, come home to one, make sense, dawn, register, get through, sink in

      informal

      click

      2‘almost miraculously, the pieces fell into place’

      SYNONYMS

      take shape, come together, take form, become definite

    fall in with

      1‘he fell in with a bad crowd’

      SYNONYMS

      get involved with, take up with, join up with, go around with, string along with, become friendly with, make friends with, strike up a friendship with, start seeing, make the acquaintance of

      informal

      hang out with, hang about with, knock about with, knock around with

      2‘he refused to fall in with their demands’

      SYNONYMS

      comply with, go along with, support, back, give one's backing to, cooperate with, act in accordance with, obey, yield to, submit to, bow to, defer to, adhere to, conform to

      agree to, agree with, accept, assent to, concur with

      ANTONYMS

      disobey

    fall off

      ‘the amount of container shipping has fallen off’

      SYNONYMS

      decrease, decline, diminish, drop off, go down, go downhill, grow less, lessen, dwindle, plummet, plunge, slump, sink

      informal

      hit the floor, go through the floor, nosedive, take a nosedive, take a header, go into a tailspin, crash

      ANTONYMS

      increase

    fall on

      1‘the army fell on the besiegers’

      SYNONYMS

      attack, assail, assault, make an assault on, fly at, let fly at, launch oneself at, set about, set upon, pounce upon, ambush, surprise, accost, rush, storm, charge

      informal

      jump, lay into, lace into, tear into, sail into, pitch into, get stuck into, let someone have it, beat someone up

      British informal

      have a go at

      North American informal

      light into

      2‘the cost should not fall on the students’

      SYNONYMS

      be borne by, be carried by, be the responsibility of, be paid by

    fall out

      1‘let's not fall out over silly things’

      SYNONYMS

      quarrel, argue, row, fight, have a row, have a fight, squabble, bicker, have words, disagree, differ, have a difference of opinion, have a disagreement, be at odds, clash, wrangle, get into conflict, get into a dispute, cross swords, lock horns, be at loggerheads, be at each other's throats

      informal

      scrap, argufy, go at it hammer and tongs, argy-bargy

      archaic

      altercate, chop logic

      Scottish archaic

      threap

      ANTONYMS

      make up

      2‘the soldier fell out without permission’

      SYNONYMS

      move out of formation, move out of line, get out of line, get out of formation

      stand at ease

      ANTONYMS

      fall in

      3‘it fell out that we lost’

      SYNONYMS

      happen, occur, come about, take place, turn out, chance, arise, befall, result

    fall short

      ‘the results fall short of what was expected’

      SYNONYMS

      fail to meet, fail to reach, fail to live up to

      be deficient, be inadequate, be insufficient, be wanting, be lacking, disappoint, fail, fail to live up to one's expectations

      informal

      not come up to scratch

      ANTONYMS

      measure up, measure up to

    fall through

      ‘unfortunately the deal fell through’

      SYNONYMS

      fail, be unsuccessful, come to nothing, come to naught, fail to happen, miscarry, abort, go awry, be frustrated, collapse, founder, come to grief

      come to a halt, grind to a halt, end, terminate

      informal

      fizzle out, flop, fold, come a cropper, blow up in someone's face, go down like a lead balloon

      ANTONYMS

      succeed

    fall to

      ‘you must take off your coats and fall to’

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