1. [ verb ] move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
Synonyms: fall come_down go_down

"The temperature is going down" "The barometer is falling" "The curtain fell on the diva" "Her hand went up and then fell again"

Related terms: rise ascend travel drop drip tumble crash pounce unhorse fall_down sink dive alight sink pitch set flop cascade precipitate precipitate correct rappel avalanche prolapse plop collapse descent fall
2. [ verb ] come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example
Synonyms: come derive

"She was descended from an old Italian noble family" "he comes from humble origins"

Related terms: hail derive derivation descendant descent ancestry
3. [ verb ] to sink in status or dignity, or worsen in condition
Synonyms: stoop
Related terms: move hold stoop
4. [ verb ] do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
Synonyms: deign condescend
Related terms: act
5. [ verb ] come as if by falling
Synonyms: settle fall

"Night fell" "Silence fell"

Related terms: come fall
Similar spelling:   descender