down Definition

  • 1toward or in a lower place or position
  • 2reduced to a lower or weaker state
  • 3moving from a higher to a lower level or position

Using down: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "down" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She walked down the stairs.

  • Example

    The stock market is down today.

  • Example

    He put the book down on the table.

  • Example

    The sun went down behind the mountains.

down Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using down

  • get down to business

    to start focusing on the important task at hand


    We need to get down to business and finish this project by the deadline.

  • bring someone down

    to make someone feel sad or depressed


    The bad news really brought her down.

  • to disappoint someone


    I'm sorry I let you down. I'll try to do better next time.

Phrases with down

  • down and out

    without any money or prospects; destitute


    After losing his job, he became down and out.

  • wasted or lost


    All of our hard work went down the drain when the project was cancelled.

  • practical and realistic


    She's a down-to-earth person who doesn't get caught up in drama.


Summary: down in Brief

The word 'down' [daʊn] can be used as an adverb, adjective, or preposition. It generally refers to a lower position or state, such as 'She walked down the stairs.' or 'The stock market is down today.' It also has idiomatic uses, such as 'get down to business,' meaning to focus on an important task, and 'let someone down,' meaning to disappoint someone.

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