I. fall fall 1 [fɔːl ǁ fɒːl] verb fell PASTTENSE [fel] fallen PASTPART [ˈfɔːlən ǁ ˈfɒː-]
1. [intransitive] to go down to a lower price, level, amount etc:

• Sales of new passenger cars in Europe fell 9.6%.

fall to

• The British pound fell to $1.7520 from $1.7850.

• The company went public at $17 a share, but its stock price has fallen sharply since then.

• The consumer confidence index fell steeply (= by a large amount ) from 79.3 in May to 50.9 in October.

2. fall due if a payment falls due on or by a particular date, it must be made on or by that date:

• Subscriptions are payable annually and fall due on 1 December.

• Of these sums, $44.2 million fell due for repayment within one year and a further $22 million fell due after more than one year.

fall away phrasal verb [intransitive]
1. another word for fall:

• Dealers said activity in equities had fallen away sharply last week.

2. to lose in a competitive situation:

• After the weak carriers fall away, American, Delta, and UAL will be the dominant airlines.

fall back phrasal verb [intransitive] FINANCE
if prices on a financial market fall back, they go down after a period of time when they have been going up:
fall back from

• In Tokyo, stocks fell back from early gains.

fall behind phrasal verb COMMERCE
1. [intransitive, transitive] fall behind somebody/​something to make less progress than others in a competitive situation:

• Small firms that fall behind technologically can be rapidly wiped out.

2. [intransitive] to fail to make payments on time, for example for rent or on a loan:
fall behind with/​on

• He had fallen behind with his mortgage after losing his job.

3. [intransitive, transitive] fall behind something to fail to finish work on time:

• Contractors who fall behind schedule incur financial penalties.

fall off phrasal verb [intransitive]
another word for fall:

• The charity reported that gifts have fallen off by more than 60% in value.

fall through phrasal verb [intransitive] COMMERCE
if a deal, arrangement etc falls through, it does not start or is not completed successfully:

• When an offer to buy the airline fell through, Midway were forced to stop operating.

  [m0] II. fall fall 2 noun
1. [countable] a reduction in the amount, level, price etc of something:
fall in

• Japanese companies have tried to make up for a fall in domestic demand by increasing sales overseas.

• There has been a sharp fall in the price of copper.

• The steep fall in the Nikkei index means interest rates will stay low.

2. [singular] when a person or organization loses their position of power or becomes unsuccessful:

• the rise and fall of the British motorcycle industry

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fall UK US /fɔːl/ verb (fell, fallen)
to become lower in value, amount, or level: »

House prices began to fall rapidly.


Demand for new cars has fallen by over 40%.


Stock prices fell sharply yesterday.


Public sector salaries are expected to fall even further as the recession continues to bite.


Inflation has fallen to its lowest level in 30 years.

to gradually get to be in a worse condition or state: »

The factory had fallen into disuse in recent years.

fall due — Cf. fall due
fall UK US /fɔːl/ noun
[C, usually singular] a reduction in the amount or level of something: a fall in sth »

There are serious concerns about the fall in the value of the dollar.


The FTSE 100 slumped 116 points on the back of a 160-point fall overnight on the Dow Jones.


A further fall of 2% in property prices could seriously hamper economic recovery.


The corporation reported a sharp fall in quarterly profits.

[S] a situation in which someone or something that has been successful fails: »

The documentary charts the rise and fall of America's third largest car company.

fall from grace — Cf. fall from grace

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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