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Meaning & Definition of Down in English

English

Down

/daʊn/

noun

1. Soft fine feathers

    synonym:
  • down
  • ,
  • down feather

2. (american football) a complete play to advance the football

  • "You have four downs to gain ten yards"
    synonym:
  • down

3. English physician who first described down's syndrome (1828-1896)

    synonym:
  • Down
  • ,
  • John L. H. Down

4. (usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil

    synonym:
  • down

5. Fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs)

    synonym:
  • down
  • ,
  • pile

verb

1. Drink down entirely

  • "He downed three martinis before dinner"
  • "She killed a bottle of brandy that night"
  • "They popped a few beer after work"
    synonym:
  • toss off
  • ,
  • pop
  • ,
  • bolt down
  • ,
  • belt down
  • ,
  • pour down
  • ,
  • down
  • ,
  • drink down
  • ,
  • kill

2. Eat immoderately

  • "Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal"
    synonym:
  • devour
  • ,
  • down
  • ,
  • consume
  • ,
  • go through

3. Bring down or defeat (an opponent)

    synonym:
  • down

4. Shoot at and force to come down

  • "The enemy landed several of our aircraft"
    synonym:
  • down
  • ,
  • shoot down
  • ,
  • land

5. Cause to come or go down

  • "The policeman downed the heavily armed suspect"
  • "The mugger knocked down the old lady after she refused to hand over her wallet"
    synonym:
  • down
  • ,
  • knock down
  • ,
  • cut down
  • ,
  • push down
  • ,
  • pull down

6. Improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

  • "Refine one's style of writing"
    synonym:
  • polish
  • ,
  • refine
  • ,
  • fine-tune
  • ,
  • down

adjective

1. Being or moving lower in position or less in some value

  • "Lay face down"
  • "The moon is down"
  • "Our team is down by a run"
  • "Down by a pawn"
  • "The stock market is down today"
    synonym:
  • down

2. Extending or moving from a higher to a lower place

  • "The down staircase"
  • "The downward course of the stream"
    synonym:
  • down(a)
  • ,
  • downward(a)

3. Becoming progressively lower

  • "The down trend in the real estate market"
    synonym:
  • down(a)

4. Being put out by a strikeout

  • "Two down in the bottom of the ninth"
    synonym:
  • down(p)

5. Understood perfectly

  • "Had his algebra problems down"
    synonym:
  • down
  • ,
  • down pat(p)
  • ,
  • mastered

6. Lower than previously

  • "The market is depressed"
  • "Prices are down"
    synonym:
  • depressed
  • ,
  • down(p)

7. Shut

  • "The shades were down"
    synonym:
  • down

8. Not functioning (temporarily or permanently)

  • "We can't work because the computer is down"
    synonym:
  • down

9. Filled with melancholy and despondency

  • "Gloomy at the thought of what he had to face"
  • "Gloomy predictions"
  • "A gloomy silence"
  • "Took a grim view of the economy"
  • "The darkening mood"
  • "Lonely and blue in a strange city"
  • "Depressed by the loss of his job"
  • "A dispirited and resigned expression on her face"
  • "Downcast after his defeat"
  • "Feeling discouraged and downhearted"
    synonym:
  • gloomy
  • ,
  • grim
  • ,
  • blue
  • ,
  • depressed
  • ,
  • dispirited
  • ,
  • down(p)
  • ,
  • downcast
  • ,
  • downhearted
  • ,
  • down in the mouth
  • ,
  • low
  • ,
  • low-spirited

adverb

1. Spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position

  • "Don't fall down"
  • "Rode the lift up and skied down"
  • "Prices plunged downward"
    synonym:
  • down
  • ,
  • downwards
  • ,
  • downward
  • ,
  • downwardly

2. Away from a more central or a more northerly place

  • "Was sent down to work at the regional office"
  • "Worked down on the farm"
  • "Came down for the wedding"
  • "Flew down to florida"
    synonym:
  • down

3. Paid in cash at time of purchase

  • "Put ten dollars down on the necklace"
    synonym:
  • down

4. From an earlier time

  • "The story was passed down from father to son"
    synonym:
  • down

5. To a lower intensity

  • "He slowly phased down the light until the stage was completely black"
    synonym:
  • down

6. In an inactive or inoperative state

  • "The factory went down during the strike"
  • "The computer went down again"
    synonym:
  • down

Examples of using

The ball rolled down the hill.
The museum took down the picture of the royal family.
The water ran down the rain pipe.