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 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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When the Manhattan couple-about-town decided to buy a downtown apartment as the weekend complement to their uptown residence, the do-it-right-or-don’t-do-it-at-all duo immediately got down to business. Alina Cho, ELLE Decor, "Uptown Glamour Goes Downtown in a Bold West Village Pad," 22 Feb. 2019 If recalcitrant journalists or their sources don’t bow to legal threats, the aggrieved can go on the offensive—in other words, get down and dirty. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "How Much Does It Cost to Keep Your Name Out of the News?," 18 Jan. 2019 The rapper ultimately did not get down on one knee during his performance, but some people wouldn't let Kylie's jewelry in his photo go unnoticed. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Travis Scott Posted a Photo of Kylie Jenner Wearing a Massive Ring at the Super Bowl," 4 Feb. 2019 Here's the thing, though: Claire and Jamie don't get that many opportunities to, uh, get down. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Claire and Jamie Are the Sexiest They've Been in Months in This New Outlander Sneak Peek," 6 Dec. 2018 On September 22, Jordan got down on one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend Jinjara Mitchell. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, ""Riverdale" Star Jordan Connor Just Got Engaged and the Photos are Adorable," 27 Sep. 2018 The details in the newest indictment get down to the organizational division of labor at GRU. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How they did it (and will likely try again): GRU hackers vs. US elections," 27 July 2018 The ball actually deflected off Mina, the Colombian goal scorer, and was going in before Ospina got down quickly to make the stop on the goal line. Joel Petterson, New York Times, "Colombia Emerges From the World Cup Chaos, Booting Senegal," 29 June 2018 That is a full month before Offset got down on one knee in the middle of a performance to ask Cardi to marry him in front of thousands of fans. Morgan Baila,, "Cardi B & Offset Have Been Secretly Married For Almost A Year," 25 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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