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down

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(Entry 1 of 6)

1 toward or in a lower position
  • the stairs went down to the basement

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2 from this or that place
  • came down from New York for the weekend

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Synonyms & Antonyms of down (Entry 2 of 6)

1 brought or having come to an end
  • eight down and two to go

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2 directed down
  • a down escalator

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3 feeling unhappiness
  • feeling a bit down

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5 not being in working order
  • while my computer was down, I attended to some unfinished odds and ends lying about my cubicle

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6 slang of the very best kind
  • a small jazz club that showcases some really down musicians

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Synonyms of down (Entry 3 of 6)

a soft airy substance or covering
  • a comforter filled with goose down

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Synonyms & Antonyms of down (Entry 4 of 6)

1 something (as a situation or event) that is depressing
  • lately it's been one down after another in my life

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2 chiefly British a lingering ill will towards a person for a real or imagined wrong
  • I don't understand why she'd have such a down against me; we've never even spoken to each other!

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3 chiefly British a strong feeling of not liking or approving
  • for years after the war her grandfather had an unshakable down on the Germans

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4 the act or process of going to a lower level or altitude
  • suffered with a psychological disorder in which she alternated between emotional ups and downs

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5 a loss of status
  • experienced the ups and downs of a career in showbiz

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Synonyms of down (Entry 5 of 6)

usually downs plural a broad area of level or rolling treeless country
  • hold a festival on the downs

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Synonyms & Antonyms of down (Entry 6 of 6)

1 to strike (someone) so forcefully as to cause a fall
  • downed his opponent with one stunning blow

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2 to take into the stomach through the mouth and throat
  • downing slices of pizza and guzzling bottles of soda

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3 to reject by or as if by a vote
  • all attempts to ban indoor smoking had been downed by the town council

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“Down.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/down. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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