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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Instead of getting down after giving up an embarrassing, early bad-hop goal from center ice, New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider responded with what might have been his best game of the season. Tom Canavan, The Seattle Times, "Schneider makes 45 saves in leading Devils over Sabres 3-1," 25 Mar. 2019 Before even getting down to the business of applying the angels' runway-ready looks, Charlotte prepared the skin of each model. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Charlotte Tilbury Shared the Makeup Used in This Year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show," 8 Nov. 2018 Barkley then missed a sitter from three yards out, with Dúbravka getting down low to stop the effort., "Newcastle Soars to Win as Blundering Chelsea Misses Out on Champions League," 13 May 2018 But Harper, who had bashed two home runs to almost singlehandedly win the previous night’s game, forced Hunter to throw 10 pitches in the at-bat, after quickly getting down two strikes. Scott Lauber,, "Phillies stay strong at home; Tommy Hunter talks etiquette | Extra Innings," 10 May 2018 Having something tangible to be in control of, like a list, puts a homeowner into a selling mentality - not to mention getting down to the business of getting the house sold. Melissa Rolland,, "Get Your Home Market Ready," 1 May 2018 Use the rough ground coffee, not the fine ground, as the fine ground will cake up and prevent air and water from getting down to the roots of your plants. David Oblas, Good Housekeeping, "13 Really Weird Things Organic Gardeners Do That Actually Work," 29 Mar. 2017 And today, the bride-to-be shared a series of intimate shots from the exact moment Rodriguez got down on one knee. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Reveals New Proposal Photos—And the Ultimate Aisle-Ready Updo," 12 Mar. 2019 Some of the long-time residents of the neighborhood reminisced about climbing the tree as youths, and how the fire department occasionally had to rescue kids who couldn't get down. James F. Mccarty,, "Lakewood takes down iconic 200-year-old Moses Cleaveland tree," 22 Mar. 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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