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 There’s no doubt that the sight of two women getting down to work outside the ISS, hovering above the glowing blue Earth, is meaningful for young people who remain hungry for female role models. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "The metaphorical power of NASA’s first all-women spacewalk," 18 Oct. 2019 The first half of December is an excellent time to get down to business, evaluate your finances and make money while your negotiation skills are at a peak. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 10, 2019: Happy birthday Kiernan Shipka; Capricorn, organization helps realize goals," 10 Nov. 2019 At first, security kept shining lights at women sitting on top of guys’ shoulders on the floor, to get them to get down. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Young Thug lacks style, Machine Gun Kelly lacks substance, at Eagles Ballroom show in Milwaukee," 28 Oct. 2019 After taking it all in, Drummond and Roth got down to business, creating two dishes, one of which was a Marcia-Mallow Pie! Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "The Pioneer Woman Cooked in the Brady Bunch’s Avocado-and-Orange Kitchen for a Special Episode," 27 Sep. 2019 This was a general speed alarm, to get down to the standard 79 mph, and not prompted by the upcoming 30 mph curve. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Jury awards $17 million to 3 plaintiffs in deadly Amtrak derailment," 14 Sep. 2019 To be sure, a glass of shubat of any type, with its sour tang and mysterious globs of milk fat, can be difficult for the uninitiated to get down. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "How Many Humps on a Camel? In Kazakhstan, It’s Complicated," 1 Sep. 2019 The Broncos will be making a flurry of roster moves to get down to 53 players by 2 p.m. Saturday. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Briefs: Jake Butt’s knee issues puts him back on shelf," 27 Aug. 2019 Get ready to get down like Marie Antoinette: the Palace of Versailles is hosting a rave. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Versailles Is Putting on a Rave in the Hall of Mirrors," 29 Mar. 2019

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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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8 Dec 2019

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“Get down.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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