fall into decay

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  • fall — 1 verb, past tense fell past participle fallen 1 MOVE DOWNWARDS (I) to move downwards from a higher position to a lower position: The rain had started falling again. (+out of/from/on): Wyatt fell from a second floor window. (+down): I m always… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • decay — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. decomposition, deterioration, disintegration, dilapidation, putrefaction, rot, caries. v. i. rot, putrefy, mortify; disintegrate. See oldness, uncleanness. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [A progressive… …   English dictionary for students

  • fall — fall1 [ fɔl ] (past tense fell [ fel ] ; past participle fall|en [ fɔlən ] ) verb intransitive *** ▸ 1 move downward quickly ▸ 2 become lower in amount ▸ 3 change to another state ▸ 4 lose power/control ▸ 5 hang down ▸ 6 belong to group/activity… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fall */*/*/ — I UK [fɔːl] / US [fɔl] verb [intransitive] Word forms fall : present tense I/you/we/they fall he/she/it falls present participle falling past tense fell UK [fel] / US past participle fallen UK [ˈfɔːlən] / US [ˈfɔlən] 1) to move quickly downwards… …   English dictionary

  • decay — 1 verb 1 (I, T) to be slowly destroyed by a natural chemical process, or to make something do this: The carcass was already starting to decay. 2 (intransitive often in progressive) if buildings, structures, or areas decay, their condition… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • decay — n. 1) to fall into decay 2) tooth decay 3) radioactive decay 4) moral decay * * * [dɪ keɪ] moral decay radioactive decay to fall into decay tooth decay …   Combinatory dictionary

  • decay */ — I UK [dɪˈkeɪ] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms decay : present tense I/you/we/they decay he/she/it decays present participle decaying past tense decayed past participle decayed 1) to be gradually destroyed as a result of a natural process of… …   English dictionary

  • decay — de|cay1 [ dı keı ] verb * 1. ) intransitive or transitive to be gradually destroyed as a result of a natural process of change, or to destroy something in this way: As dead trees decay, they feed the soil. Too much sugar will decay your teeth. 2 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Fall — v. & n. v.intr. (past fell; past part. fallen) 1 a go or come down freely; descend rapidly from a higher to a lower level (fell from the top floor; rain was falling). b drop or be dropped (supplies fell by parachute; the curtain fell). 2 a (often …   Useful english dictionary

  • fall — v. & n. v.intr. (past fell; past part. fallen) 1 a go or come down freely; descend rapidly from a higher to a lower level (fell from the top floor; rain was falling). b drop or be dropped (supplies fell by parachute; the curtain fell). 2 a (often …   Useful english dictionary

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