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fall vb. (3 is used with various complements)
1. (of a river) to discharge itself, fig. Lucr. 653.
2. to shrink, become lean H5 V. ii. 167 “A good leg will fall” ; cf. “fall away” (below).
3. to come to be, get (into a condition), become Mer.V. IV. i. 267 “I am fallen to this for you,” Tw.N. IV. ii. 94 “how fell you beside your five wits?,” 2H6 I. i. 254 “be fall'n at jars,” H8 II. i. 35 “fell to himself” (=regained self-control), Cæs. IV. iii. 154 “she fell distract.”
4. to let fall, drop Tp. II. i. 304 “To it” (viz. your hand) “on Gonzalo,” AYL. III. v. 5 “F-s not the axe upon the humbled neck,” R3 V. iii. 136 “ thy edgeless sword,” Lucr. 1551 “every tear he f-s” ; to give birth to Mer.V. I. iii. 89 “Fall parti-colour'd lambs.”
5. to happen, come to pass; also, to turn out (in a particular way) MND. V. i. 189, Mer.V. I. ii. 95 “An the worst that ever fell,” Cæs. III. i. 146, 243, Ham. IV. vii. 70 “It falls right.”
6. to happen to, befall John I. i. 78 “Fair the bones that took the pains for me!,” Ant. III. vii. 39 “No disgrace Shall fall you,” Ven. 472.
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