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English verb: strike down

1. strike down (social) declare null and void; make ineffective

SamplesCancel the election results.
Strike down a law.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)adjudge, declare, hold

Narrower (hyponym)annul, annul, avoid, countermand, invalidate, lift, nullify, overturn, quash, recall, remit, repeal, rescind, reverse, revoke, vacate, void, write off

2. strike down (contact) cause to die, especially suddenly

SamplesThe disease struck down many young men in the village.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)kill

3. strike down (contact) cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow

SamplesStrike down a tree.
Lightning struck down the hikers.

ExamplesThey strike down the trees

Synonymscut down, drop, fell

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cut

Narrower (hyponym)chop down, cut, log, lumber, poleax, poleaxe

Causecome down, descend, fall, go down

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