down1 W1S1 [daun] adv, prep, adj
1¦(to a lower position)¦
2¦(in a lower place)¦
3¦(to lie/sit)¦
6¦(somewhere local)¦
8¦(fastened to a surface)¦
12¦(on a list)¦
13¦(to later times)¦
14¦(paid immediately)¦
15¦(every part)¦
19 be down to somebody
20 be down to somebody/something
21 be down to your last pound/dollar/litre etc
22 down to something/somebody
23 be/go down with something
24 Down with somebody/something
25 be down on somebody/something
26¦(leaving university)¦
28 down under
29 Down!
30 be down with somebody
to or towards a lower place or position
≠ ↑up
David bent down to tie his shoelace.
Get down off the table.
Tears were streaming down my face.
The sun was going down and it would soon be dark.
They came running down the stairs.
She stood on a balcony looking down into the courtyard.
Glancing down the list of runners, I noticed a familiar name.
Her flowing black hair came down to her waist.
Ken fell asleep face down (=with his face towards the ground) on the couch.
in a lower place or position
≠ ↑up
We heard the sound of laughter down below.
The bathroom is down those stairs.
Halfway down the page, there was the item I was looking for.
3.) ¦(TO LIE/SIT)¦
into a sitting or lying position
Please sit down.
I think I'll go and lie down for a while.
4.) ¦(ALONG)¦
at or to a place that is further along something such as a road or path
A young man came hurrying down the street.
She looked down the road to see if anyone was coming.
There is a pleasant little cafe bar a hundred yards down the road.
The bus stop is a bit further down on the left-hand side.
5.) ¦(SOUTH)¦
in or towards the south
≠ ↑up
They drove all the way down from Boston to Miami.
They sailed down the east coast of Africa.
Now he's bought a villa down south.
a trip down Mexico way
at or to a place that is not far away
She's just gone down to the shops.
I saw her down at the station this morning.
7.) ¦(RIVER)¦
away from the place where a river starts
≠ ↑up
Chunks of ice came floating down the river.
used with verbs that mean 'fasten' to show that something is fastened firmly to the surface or object below it
The coffin lid had been nailed down.
9.) ¦(LESS)¦
at or towards a level or amount that is less
≠ ↑up
Keep your speed down.
House prices have come down in recent months.
Turn the radio down.
down to
Sharif cut his report down to only three pages.
losing to an opponent by a certain number of points
two goals down/three points down etc
Swindon were six points down at one stage.
11.) ¦(WRITTEN)¦
used with verbs that mean 'write' to show that you write something on paper or in a book
I'll write down the address for you.
Start by jotting down a few ideas.
Let's put you down as self-employed.
12.) ¦(ON A LIST)¦
if you are down for something, your name is on a list of people who want to do something or are intended to do something
down for
Purvis is down for the 200 metre freestyle event.
We've already put his name down for nursery school.
down to do sth
I've got you down to do the table decorations.
from an earlier time in history to a later time or to people who are born in later times
a person whose words and actions have inspired millions of people down the centuries
This knowledge was handed down in the family from father to son.
The story has been passed down the generations for a thousand years.
down to
traditions that have come down to us from medieval times
paid to someone immediately
A top quality freezer for only £20 down and £5 a week for a year.
15.) ¦(EVERY PART)¦
from top to bottom
I want you to wash my car down.
16.) ¦(SWALLOWED)¦
in or into your stomach as a result of swallowing
Meg's been very ill and can't keep her food down.
He gulped down the coffee.
17.) ¦(SAD)¦
unhappy or sad
Andy's been feeling down lately.
18.) ¦(COMPUTER)¦
if a computer is down, it is not working
≠ ↑up
19.) be down to sb
if an action or decision is down to you, it is your responsibility
It's down to me to make sure that everyone is happy.
be up to sb atup1 (19b)
20.) be down to sb/sth
to be the result of one person's actions or one particular thing
Chris's success is all down to him.
21.) be down to your last pound/dollar/litre etc
to be left with only a small amount of something
We're down to our last five dollars.
22.) down to sth/sb
including everything or everyone, even the smallest thing or the least important person
Everyone uses the cafeteria, from the managing director down to the office boy.
The plans were all complete down to the last detail.
23.) be/go down with sth
to have a particular illness
Jane's gone down with flu.
24.) Down with sb/sth
spoken used to say that you strongly oppose a government, leader etc and want them to lose their power
Down with the government!
25.) be down on sb/sth informal
to have a severe attitude towards someone or something, especially when this is unfair
Why is Mark so down on her at the moment?
BrE used to say that someone leaves or has left a university at the end of a period of study
down from
Sarah came down from Oxford in 1966.
27.) ¦(COMPLETED)¦
already done or completed
Well, you've passed your second test, so it's two down and four more to go.
28.) down under informal
in or to Australia or New Zealand
29.) Down!
spoken used to tell a jumping dog to get down
30.) be down with sb
spoken informal to be friends with someone
be down on your luck atluck1 (17)
down 2
down2 v [T]
[Sense: 1-2; Date: 1300-1400; : Old Norse; Origin: dúnn]
[Sense: 3, 5; Date: 1800-1900; Origin: DOWN2]
[Sense: 4; Origin: Old English dun 'hill']
1.) to drink or eat something quickly
He downed the coffee in one gulp.
2.) to knock or force someone to the ground
O'Malley downed his opponent in the first round.
3.) down tools
BrE to stop working, especially because you are taking part in a ↑strike (=protest about pay or conditions by stopping work)
down 3
down3 n
1.) [U]
soft hair like a baby's
2.) [U]
the soft fine feathers of a bird
one of the four chances that an American football team has to move forward when it is their turn to have the ball
4.) the downs
low round hills covered with grass, as in the south of England
5.) have a down on sb
BrE informal to dislike or have a bad opinion of someone
For some reason, Malcolm had a down on the whole teaching profession.
ups and downs atup2 (1)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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