Definition of down adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



help For the special uses of down in phrasal verbs, look at the entries for the verbs. For example, climb down is in the phrasal verb section at climb.1 to or at a lower place or positionShe jumped down off the chair.He looked down at her.We watched as the sun went down.She bent down to pick up her glove.Mary's not down yet (= she is still upstairs).The baby can't keep any food down (= in her body).2 from a standing or vertical position to a sitting or horizontal onePlease sit down.He had to go and lie down for a while.3 at a lower level or ratePrices have gone down recently.We're already two goals down (= the other team has two goals more).4 used to show that the amount or strength of something is lower, or that there is less activityTurn the music down!The class settled down and she began the lesson.5 (in a crossword) reading from top to bottom, not from side to sideI can't do 3 down.6 to or in the south of a countryThey flew down to Texas.Houses are less expensive down south.7 on paper; on a listDid you get that down?I always write everything down.Do you have me down for the trip?8 used to show the limits in a range or an orderEveryone will be there, from the Principal down.9 having lost the amount of money mentionedAt the end of the day we were $20 down.10 if you pay an amount of money down, you pay that to start with, and the rest later11 (informal) used to say how far you have gotten in a list of things you have to doWell, I've seen six apartments so far. That's six down and four to go!12 (informal) to or at a local place such as a storeI'm just going down to the post office.I saw him down at the mall.IDIOMS

be down to someone

(informal) to be the responsibility of someoneIt's down to you to check the down to

be down to someone/something

to be caused by a particular person or thing
She claimed her problems were down to the down to

be down to something

to have only a little money left
I'm down to my last down to

be/go down with something

to have or catch an illness
be down withgo down with

down through something

(formal) during a long period of timeDown through the years this town has seen many changes.down through

down to the last, smallest, final, etc. something

including every small part or detail of something
She organized everything down to the last detail.down to the last, smallest, final, etc.

down under

(informal) to or in Australia and/or New Zealanddown under

down with someone/something

used to say that you are opposed to something, or to a person
The crowds chanted “Down with NATO!”down with

a man's man

a man who is more popular with men than with women
a man's man
Usage noteUsage note: falldescribing a decreaseCar crime in Greenville fell significantly last year.Car crime fell by about a quarter over a 12-month period.The number of stolen vehicles dropped from 1,013 to 780, a fall of 26 percent.According to these data, 780 vehicles were stolen, down 26% from the previous year.The city saw an 11%drop in reported thefts from motor vehicles from 1,871 to 1,737.These figures show that, as far as car crime is concerned, the main trend is downward.⇨ Language Banks at expect, illustrate, increase, proportion