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noun fall pronunciation in British English /fɔːl/ 
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pluralfalls
  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] 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.

  5. 5
    [singular] the downward slope or movement of something

    She watched the steady rise and fall of his chest.

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