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down

1. verb To eat or drink something very quickly. Wow, you guys really downed that dish—I guess you liked it!
2. verb To throw or shove someone to the ground. Well, that was a quick wrestling match—Adam downed his opponent in no time at all.
3. noun In American football, one of four chances to advance a minimum of 10 yards. If the team in possession of the ball does not advance 10 yards in these four attempts, then they yield the ball to their opponent. On a miraculous play, they scored a touchdown on fourth down.
4. adjective Sad or depressed. Sorry, I'm a little down—I had a really bad day.
5. adjective Not functioning, as of a machine or system. The computer system will be down this weekend for some routine maintenance.
6. adjective Finished or completed. All right, one room down, two to go before our painting is done.
7. adjective At a deficit; behind in the score. We're only down by one, so we have plenty of time to make a comeback in the third period.
8. adjective Committed to memory. I still don't have the quadratic equation down—can you remind me what it is?

*down (with someone )

Sl. friends with someone; okay or on good terms with someone. (Down = okay. *Typically: be ~; get ~.) It's okay. I'm down with Chuck. Chuck and I are down.

down

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down

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See downer

down

1. mod. depressed; melancholy. (see also down with something.) I feel sort of down today.
2. mod. [of a machine] inoperative. (Originally said of a computer.) The system is down. Come back later.
3. tv. to eat or drink something down quickly. She downed her sandwich in record time.
4. tv. to throw someone down, as in wrestling; to knock someone down as in a fight. Wilbur downed his opponent and won the match.
5. mod. behind in a score. They’re twenty points down, and it looks like the Adamsville team has won.
6. mod. finished; completed; behind one. One down and three to go.
7. mod. learned; memorized. (From sense 6) I’ve got the dates down, but not the names.
8. mod. okay; satisfactory; cool; in agreement. (see also down (with someone).) We had a fight, but we’re down now.
9. mod. prepared; knowledgeable. (From senses 7 and 8.) Are you down for the test tomorrow?
10. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Five beers and he was down.
11. Go to downer.
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References in classic literature ?
They are all standing awry, so much awry that the chalets and cottages of the peasants seem to be tumbling down. It is the consequence of the steep inclination of the line.
(their seats being adapted to this course of proceeding and being bent down at their backs).
There were doors all round the hall, but they were all locked; and when Alice had been all the way down one side and up the other, trying every door, she walked sadly down the middle, wondering how she was ever to get out again.
Alice opened the door and found that it led into a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole: she knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw.
"Do lie down," she added crossly, and buried her face in the pillow.
And even then, with this new hot yearning for the alcohol upon him, he heard, faint and far, drifting down the green abyss of the canon, Dede's voice, crying:--
The next minute I was a- spinning down stream soft but quick in the shade of the bank.
The gutters of the street, and every crack and fissure in the stones, ran with scorching spirit, which being dammed up by busy hands, overflowed the road and pavement, and formed a great pool, into which the people dropped down dead by dozens.
I saw him as he went down, turning over and over, all arms and legs it seemed, the shaft of the arrow projecting from his chest and appearing and disappearing with each revolution of his body.
Half conscious, but ever with the one thought beating in his mind, he goaded the horse onwards, rushing swiftly down steep ravines over huge boulders, along the edges of black abysses.
Then he thrust his hands into his sleeves and settled down, sheltering his head in the corner of the sledge from the wind in front.
When I come down here again, I will wait for thee in the bamboos at the edge of the grazing-ground."
"I don't mind floating down when there's two or three of us in the flat and we can sit up.
Overhead it was simply black, except where a gap of remote blue sky shone down upon us here and there.
Now, you get a bit of paper and write down, J., and you get the grocery catalogue, George, and somebody give me a bit of pencil, and then I'll make out a list."