Definition of down preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//daʊn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//daʊn//
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  1. 1  from a high or higher point on something to a lower one The stone rolled down the hill. Tears ran down her face. Her hair hung down her back to her waist.
  2. 2  along; towards the direction in which you are facing He lives just down the street. Go down the road till you reach the traffic lights. There's a bridge a mile down the river from here.
  3. 3all through a period of time an exhibition of costumes down the ages (= from all periods of history)
  4. Word Originpreposition Old English dūn, dūne, shortened from adūne ‘downward’, from the phrase of dūne ‘off the hill’.
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