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noun fall pronunciation in American English /fɔl/
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually singular] American the season between summer and winter. The British word is autumn

    He will go away to college in the fall.

  2. 2
    [countable] an occasion when someone or something falls to the ground

    She was taken to the hospital after a fall.

    fall from:

    Her brother was killed in a fall from a horse.

    Luckily her fall was broken by soft snow.

  3. 3
    [countable] an occasion when something falls to the ground from the sky or from a high place
    fall of:

    There had been a fall of rocks on the road.

    a heavy fall of snow

  4. 4
    [countable] an occasion when the amount, level, or value of something falls
    fall in:

    There has been a sharp fall in unemployment.

  5. 5
    [singular] someone’s defeat or loss of power
    fall of:

    Khomeini came to power after the fall of the Shah.

    the rise and fall of:

    the rise and fall of the Roman Empire

    the fall of something to someone:

    Thousands fled after the fall of the city to rebel forces.

  6. 6
    [singular] the downward slope or movement of something

    She watched the steady rise and fall of his chest.

  7. 7

    falls

    [plural] a waterfall

    We went to swim under the falls.

  8. 8
    [countable] an act of pushing your opponent to the ground in the sport of wrestling or judo
  9. 9

    the Fall

    in the Jewish and Christian religions, the story of how evil came into the world because Adam and Eve did not obey God

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a type of hairstyle which has a long, thin strip of hair growing down the back of the neck

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