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To move, or to move something downwards - thesaurus

Synonyms

fall

verb

to move quickly downwards from a higher position, usually by accident

lower

verb

to move something or someone slowly down from a higher position

come down

to move down to the ground or to a lower level

slip

verb

if you slip, your feet slide accidentally and you lose your balance or fall over

plunge

verb

to fall quickly from a high position

plummet

verb

to fall straight down very quickly from a high position

go down

to fall to the ground

descend

verb

to come nearer to the ground

drop

verb

to fall to the ground or into something

lose your balance/footing

to suddenly fall or almost fall

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bring down

to make someone or something move or fall to the ground

come a cropper

to accidentally fall to the ground with a lot of force

come off

to fall off something that you are riding

crumple

verb

to fall to the ground suddenly, with your body, legs, and arms bent, because you are injured, ill, or upset

descend

verb

to become lower

dip

verb

to move, or to move something downwards

dive

verb

to move downwards through water

dive

verb

to move quickly and suddenly towards the ground from the air

down

verb

to make someone or something fall to the ground

drop

verb

to deliberately let something fall

drop

verb

to let something fall without intending to

drop

verb

to quickly move downwards, or to let yourself fall downwards

drop

verb

to move part of your body downwards

fall

verb

to come down towards or onto the ground from the sky

fall

verb

to move quickly down onto the ground from an upright or standing position

fall flat on your face

to fall forwards so that you are lying on your front

fall out

if something such as your hair or a tooth falls out, it comes out

fall over

if you fall over or fall over something, you fall, or almost fall, to the ground

go flying

to move quickly through the air and fall to the ground

hit the deck

to fall or throw yourself to the ground

jump

verb

to push yourself, or to let yourself drop, from a very high place

jump

verb

to push yourself, or to let yourself drop, from a place that is a short distance above the ground

land

verb

to come down to the ground or to a surface after moving or falling through the air

let down

to allow someone or something to move to a lower position

overbalance

verb

to lose your balance and begin to fall over

peg out

informal to fall down or have to go to bed because you are so tired

pitch

verb

to fall suddenly in a particular direction

plop

verb

to fall with a short sound like the sound made by a small object falling into a liquid, or by an amount of liquid falling onto a surface

plunge

verb

to make someone or something fall quickly from a high position

push over

to push someone or something hard so that they fall from the position that they are in

send

verb

to make something fall or move suddenly through the air

settle

verb

if something such as dust, sand, or snow settles, it falls downwards through the air or water until it reaches the ground or the bottom of something

settle

verb

if the ground or a building settles, it gradually sinks down

settle

verb

to stop flying and land in a particular place

shed

verb

to let something fall off as part of a natural process

shower

verb

to fall in large quantities

sink

verb

to go below the surface of a soft substance

sink

verb

to fall, sit, or lie down

slip

verb

if something that you are holding or wearing slips, it falls from your hands, or it falls from position

stay down

to remain under water

stumble

verb

to fall or almost fall while you are walking or running

swoop

verb

to move quickly and suddenly downwards through the air, especially in order to attack or catch someone or something

tip

verb

to fall, or to make something fall

trip

verb

to make someone hit their foot on something and fall down

tumble

verb

if someone tumbles, they fall to the ground

tumble

verb

used about large amounts of other things that move

wrestle someone to the ground/floor

to push someone down onto the ground and to hold them so that they cannot move

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