Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

fall into

 - definition

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyfall into
he/she/itfalls into
present participlefalling into
past tensefell into
past participlefallen into
  1. 1
    fall into something to start doing something by chance

    She fell into modeling almost by accident.

  2. 3
    fall into someone's hands
    1. a.
      to be caught by someone, or to come under their control

      All the western provinces had fallen into enemy hands.

    2. b.
      if something falls into someone's hands, they get it, usually by chance

      We don't want this information to fall into the wrong hands.

See also main entry: fall


a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

selfie stick

an expandable stick which you attach to a mobile phone or camera to help you take a selfie …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog