get down


got down; got down or gotten down; getting down; gets down

transitive verb

: to manage to swallow
: to cause to be physically, mentally, or emotionally exhausted : depress
the weather was getting her down
: to commit to writing : describe

intransitive verb

: to alight especially from a vehicle : descend
: to give one's attention or consideration
used with to
get down to business
: to perform music or dance effectively and infectiously
: to have a good time partying

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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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of get down was in 1647

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“Get down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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