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

     

    down

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//daʊn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daʊn//
     
    (informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they down
    BrE BrE//daʊn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daʊn//
     
    he / she / it downs
    BrE BrE//daʊnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daʊnz//
     
    past simple downed
    BrE BrE//daʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daʊnd//
     
    past participle downed
    BrE BrE//daʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daʊnd//
     
    -ing form downing
    BrE BrE//ˈdaʊnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊnɪŋ//
     
    Thirst
     
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  1. 1down something to finish a drink or eat something quickly We downed our coffees and left. See related entries: Thirst
  2. 2down somebody/something to force somebody/something down to the ground to down a plane Storms downed trees and power lines.
  3. Word Originverb Old English dūn, dūne, shortened from adūne ‘downward’, from the phrase of dūne ‘off the hill’.Idioms (British English) (of workers) to stop work; to go on strike
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