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
Scottish, Northern Irish 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
Australian, New Zealand 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’

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

9‘he waited for night to fall’

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come, arrive, appear, occur, arise, materialize

10‘my grandmother fell ill’

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

    Military

    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 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 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 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 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 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 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