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noun fall pronunciation in British English /fɔːl/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an occasion when someone or something falls to the ground
    She was taken to hospital after a fall.
    fall from: Her brother was killed in a fall from a horse.
    Luckily her fall was broken by soft snow.
  2. 2
    [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
  3. 3
    [countable] an occasion when the amount, level, or value of something falls
    Analysts are expecting a fall on Wall Street.
    fall in: There has been a sharp fall in unemployment.
    fall of: We have seen a fall of 5% in sales this month.
  4. 4
    [singular] someones 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.
  5. 5
    [singular] the downward slope or movement of something
    She watched the steady rise and fall of his chest.
  6. 8
    [countable] [usually singular] American the season between summer and winter



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