Synonyms of fall in English:

fall


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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’

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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’

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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 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 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 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 on

    1‘the army fell on the besiegers’


    SYNONYMS
    attack, assail, assault, make an assault on, fly at, let fly at, launch oneself at, pounce upon, set 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 set about, 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 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 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 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 about laughing

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


    SYNONYMS
    guffaw, chuckle, chortle, cackle, howl, roar, ha-ha, hoot with laughter, roar with laughter, shake with laughter, be convulsed with laughter, dissolve into laughter, split one's sides, be doubled up
    be in stitches, die laughing, be rolling in the aisles, bust a gut, break up, be creased up, crease up, crack up
    British fall about, laugh like a drain
    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 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 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 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 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 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 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