[ UK /dˈa‍ʊn/ ]
[ US /ˈdaʊn/ ]
  1. shoot at and force to come down
    the enemy landed several of our aircraft
  2. bring down or defeat (an opponent)
  3. cause to come or go down
    The mugger knocked down the old lady after she refused to hand over her wallet
    The policeman downed the heavily armed suspect
  4. drink down entirely
    He downed three martinis before dinner
    They popped a few beer after work
    She killed a bottle of brandy that night
  5. eat up completely, as with great appetite
    The teenagers demolished four pizzas among them
    Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal
  6. improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
    refine one's style of writing
  1. from an earlier time
    the story was passed down from father to son
  2. away from a more central or a more northerly place
    came down for the wedding
    worked down on the farm
    flew down to Florida
    was sent down to work at the regional office
  3. to a lower intensity
    he slowly phased down the light until the stage was completely black
  4. paid in cash at time of purchase
    put ten dollars down on the necklace
  5. in an inactive or inoperative state
    the factory went down during the strike
    the computer went down again
  6. spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position
    prices plunged downward
    don't fall down
    rode the lift up and skied down
  1. extending or moving from a higher to a lower place
    the downward course of the stream
    the down staircase
  2. being put out by a strikeout
    two down in the bottom of the ninth
  3. not functioning (temporarily or permanently)
    we can't work because the computer is down
  4. understood perfectly
    had his algebra problems down
  5. shut
    the shades were down
  6. lower than previously
    prices are down
    the market is depressed
  7. becoming progressively lower
    the down trend in the real estate market
  8. being or moving lower in position or less in some value
    lay face down
    down by a pawn
    the stock market is down today
    our team is down by a run
    the moon is down
  9. filled with melancholy and despondency
    gloomy predictions
    downcast after his defeat
    depressed by the loss of his job
    feeling discouraged and downhearted
    a dispirited and resigned expression on her face
    gloomy at the thought of what he had to face
    the darkening mood
    lonely and blue in a strange city
    a gloomy silence
    took a grim view of the economy
  1. fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs)
  2. soft fine feathers
  3. (American football) a complete play to advance the football
    you have four downs to gain ten yards
  4. (usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil
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How To Use down In A Sentence

  • As Appling reached down for the ball, it took a bad hop and caromed off his shoulder.
  • As the holiday movie season winds down, we thought we'd preview the films of 2003 to see which ones stand out and which should stand down.
  • Before we did anything we wrote and rewrote the script until we felt what we had got written down was a really good story.
  • A boa made from black water mink is worth about 50 dollars, a collarette about $100,00 and a coat reaching down to the hips would cost about $250,00. Black Beaver The Trapper
  • If there was any hope of holding on to even a shred of her dwindling self-respect, she should do exactly what she knew Margo would do—close the laptop, take her de-scrunchied, perfumed, and nearly thonged self down to the nearest club, pick up the first passably good-looking stranger who asked her to dance, and bring him back to the apartment for some safe but anonymous sex. Goodnight Tweetheart
  • So there is mounting concern at the top of government about how close to meltdown the prison system is. The Sun
  • And we -- it does extent all the way up toward Jacksonville, all the way down into West Palm Beach, all the way over to Fort Myers, and northward, almost kind of budging into the pan -- the Big Bend area, almost into the Panhandle, but not quite just yet. CNN Transcript Sep 5, 2004
  • The pilot shut off the motors and glided down to the landing field.
  • The angry audience shouted the speaker down.
  • We must remember that the prime motive for Housmann's boulevards and circuses was to ensure that a strategically placed cannon could fire down many streets, quelling the citizens who were periodically disposed to revolution.
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