godown

1 of 2

noun

go·​down ˈgō-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce godown (audio)
: a warehouse in a country of southern or eastern Asia

go down

2 of 2

verb

went down; gone down; going down; goes down

intransitive verb

1
a
: to go below the horizon : set
the sun went down
b
: to fall to or as if to the ground
the plane went down in flames
c
: to become submerged : sink
the ship went down with all hands
2
: to admit of being swallowed
the medicine went down easily
3
a
: to find acceptance
will the plan go down with the farmers
b
: to come to be remembered especially in posterity
will he go down in history as a great president
4
British : to leave a university
5
a
: to undergo defeat or failure
b
chiefly British : to become incapacitated
went down with … acute tonsillitisHelen Cathcart
6
slang : to take place : happen
Phrases
go down on
usually vulgar : to perform fellatio or cunnilingus on

Examples of godown in a Sentence

Verb when's the drug deal supposed to go down?
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Sometimes the godown would flood or have termites. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 Everything surfeit went to the property’s godown. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 Tegh Singh arrives and unloads his bundles of blossoms in Kapoor’s godown, an open-air stone courtyard that serves as the distillery. Rachna Sachasinh, National Geographic , 4 Jan. 2021 From across the Singapore River this trio of former godowns (warehouses) cuts a striking profile. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 May 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

by folk etymology from Malay gudang

First Known Use

Noun

1552, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of godown was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Godown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godown. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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