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bring·​down ˈbriŋ-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce bringdown (audio)

bring down

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brought down; bringing down; brings down

transitive verb

: to cause to fall by or as if by shooting
: to carry (a total) forward
bring down the house or bring the house down
: to win the enthusiastic approval of the audience

Examples of bringdown in a Sentence

Noun meeting one's literary hero is usually a bad idea—almost inevitably it's a bringdown
Recent Examples on the Web
The increase in immigration estimated by CBO helps to explain this unusual economic recovery and means the labor market may not need to slow much to bring down inflation. Wendy Edelberg and Tara Watson, TIME, 5 Apr. 2024 Even bringing down an unpopular regime is unlikely to make the United States many friends. Jon B. Alterman, Foreign Affairs, 3 Apr. 2024 Iger has smartly refused to sell at depressed prices, despite an abundance of offers from prospective buyers, while focusing on bringing down costs, with a large chunk of Disney’s $7.5 billion in cost savings coming out of linear. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 2 Apr. 2024 The hitting coach brought down Betts’s big leg kick. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 30 Mar. 2024 Stocks were pummeled in 2022, with the S&P 500 logging a double-digit percentage loss after the Federal Reserve began raising rates aggressively to bring down inflation. Krystal Hur, CNN, 14 Mar. 2024 In its battle to bring down that inflation, the Federal Reserve introduced 11 aggressive rate hikes meant to crush demand and discourage spending. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 27 Mar. 2024 Baltimore Ravens star Mark Andrews was one victim of the tackle last season, suffering a serious ankle injury after being brought down by the controversial technique in November. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 26 Mar. 2024 The Biden administration has taken steps to make groceries more affordable by bringing down fertilizer prices and encouraging competition in the agriculture industry. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1935, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bringdown was in the 13th century

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“Bringdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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