get down


Definition of get down 

transitive verb

1 : to manage to swallow

2 : to cause to be physically, mentally, or emotionally exhausted : depress the weather was getting her down

3 : to commit to writing : describe

intransitive verb

1 : to alight especially from a vehicle : descend

2 : to give one's attention or consideration used with to get down to business

3a : to perform music or dance effectively and infectiously

b : to have a good time partying

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Synonyms & Antonyms for get down


alight, descend, disembark, dismount, light



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Examples of get down in a Sentence

I was getting down from the seaplane when a gust of wind swept away my hat. it's really getting him down that there does not seem to be one woman who will date him

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All of these people have the soul for getting down, and that’s the magic of rom-coms. Aja Romano, Vox, "Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is the eternal Halloween bop — and so much more," 31 Oct. 2018 Connor Krantz set the tone, getting down a perfect drag bunt for a one-out single. Mike Hutton,, "Good to go: Purdue recruit Austin Peterson pitches two-hitter as Chesterton tops Valparaiso for sectional," 28 May 2018 The dogs also get down time with a chance to play in the parks with their handlers or spend some time sleeping or relaxing. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Comfort dog from Grayslake church gives 'a moment to escape' for survivors of Florida school shooting," 19 Feb. 2018 The difference comes up most often when your ship gets downed. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Starlink: Battle for Atlas review: Cool toys, solid spacefaring," 16 Oct. 2018 Actually getting down on your hands and knees isn’t always safe or possible if the crowd is chaotic, however. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "10 Important Safety Tips to Keep in Mind When You’re in a Crowd," 20 Sep. 2018 According to Asia One, roughly thirty minutes after take-off, the woman’s boyfriend got down on one knee at the front of the aircraft and popped the question. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "China Eastern Airlines flight attendant reportedly fired after accepting mid-flight marriage proposal," 15 Sep. 2018 Yet some worry that helping borrowers get down payments could actually exacerbate the housing market’s main problem: a dearth of new homes. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "No Savings? No Problem. These Companies Are Helping Home Buyers With Down Payments," 29 June 2018 The photos show Fowler getting down on one knee on a beach with the ocean in the background, and there’s also a close-up of the two of them with Stokke showing off her new ring. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Rickie Fowler and Allison Stokke announce engagement on National Best Friend Day," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of get down

1647, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of get down was in 1647

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