get down

got down; got down or gotten down; getting down; gets 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 toget down to business
3a : to perform music or dance effectively and infectiously
b : to have a good time partying

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 10 Best R&B Songs of 2020: Staff Picks," 18 Dec. 2020 The guys put in a good week’s worth of work to get down there and play a great football game. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Kevin Stefanski discusses Myles Garrett, KhaDarel Hodge in conference call: Transcript," 5 Dec. 2020 With the election over, leaders of both political parties have reason to get down to serious negotiations. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "From the stock market to Social Security, how the election results could affect your finances," 8 Nov. 2020 Drew previously marveled at the celebs' willingness to get down and dirty during April's interview. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'Celebrity IOU': Property Brothers partner with Justin Hartley and Jonathan's love, actress Zooey Deschanel," 29 Oct. 2020 The last few years, there was a ton of pressure with him to handle the basketball and score the basketball, but now guys are able to get down the floor and make plays. Kyle J. Andrews,, "Bringing in Terps' winning culture, Coppin State coaches looking to turn programs around," 22 Oct. 2020 Ever get down to the last gift of the bunch, and your final strip of wrapping paper is just too small to fully envelop the box? Whitson Gordon, Popular Science, "Tips for wrapping gifts of any shape," 21 Dec. 2020 But while most non-royals would assume that getting engaged to a prince is a sweeping, romantic moment, reality is a bit harsher: Charles doesn’t get down on one knee to propose because of his higher rank. Martha Sorren,, "R29 Recaps: Every Episode From The Crown Season 4," 19 Nov. 2020 When fans finally did watch Mulan get down to business, they were treated to eye-popping, gravity-defying action scenes that left us yearning for a big screen experience. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Best of 2020 (Behind the Scenes): How filmmakers made Mulan defy gravity in that wall-run scene," 11 Dec. 2020

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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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18 Jan 2021

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“Get down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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