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downbeat

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noun down·beat \ˈdau̇n-ˌbēt\

Definition of downbeat

  1. 1 :  the downward stroke of a conductor indicating the principally accented note of a measure of music; also :  the first beat of a measure

  2. 2 :  a decline in activity or prosperity

1869

First Known Use of downbeat

1869


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downbeat

adjective down·beat

Definition of downbeat

  1. :  pessimistic, gloomy <a downbeat assessment>

Examples of downbeat in a sentence

  1. <a downbeat prediction for the company's sales performance in the upcoming year>

1950

First Known Use of downbeat

1950


DOWNBEAT Defined for English Language Learners

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downbeat

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noun down·beat \ˈdau̇n-ˌbēt\

Definition of downbeat for English Language Learners

  • : the downward movement that a conductor makes to show which note is played with the greatest stress or force

  • : the first beat of a measure of music


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downbeat

adjective down·beat

Definition of downbeat for English Language Learners

  • : sad or depressing : not happy or hopeful


DOWNBEAT Defined for Kids

downbeat

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noun down·beat \ˈdau̇n-ˌbēt\

Definition of downbeat for Students

  1. :  the first beat of a measure of music



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