Down - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |daʊn|  American pronunciation of the word down
Brit.  |daʊn|  British pronunciation of the word down
- soft fine feathers
- (American football) a complete play to advance the football
- English physician who first described Down's syndrome (1828-1896)
- (usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil
- fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs) (syn: pile)
- drink down entirely (syn: drink down, kill, pop, toss off)
- eat up completely, as with great appetite (syn: consume, demolish, devour, go through)
- bring down or defeat (an opponent)
- shoot at and force to come down (syn: land, shoot down)
- cause to come or go down (syn: cut down, knock down, pull down)
- improve or perfect by pruning or polishing (syn: polish, refine)
- extending or moving from a higher to a lower place (syn: downward)
- becoming progressively lower
- being put out by a strikeout
- understood perfectly
- lower than previously (syn: depressed)
- shut
- not functioning (temporarily or permanently)
- filled with melancholy and despondency (syn: blue, depressed, dispirited, downcast, downhearted, gloomy, grim, low, low- spirited)
- spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position (syn: downward, downwards)
- away from a more central or a more northerly place
- paid in cash at time of purchase
- from an earlier time
- to a lower intensity
- in an inactive or inoperative state


The land slopes down to the sea.

She called down to her friends in the street below.

They set the cake down on the table.

Lay down your book for a minute.

We watched the sun go down.

We keep our wine collection down in the basement.

What's going on down there?

He fell down and hurt his knee.

Climb down out of that tree!

He knocked him down with one punch.

Sweat dripped down her neck.

The children ran down the hill.

She fell down the stairs.

He climbed down the ladder.

He spilled mustard down the front of his shirt.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: down
he/she/it: downs
present participle: downing
past tense: downed
past participle: downed
singular: down
plural: downs
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