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English verb: let down

1. let down (motion) move something or somebody to a lower position

SamplesTake down the vase from the shelf.

Synonymsbring down, get down, lower, take down

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

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)depress, dip, incline, reef

Causecome down, descend, fall, go down

Antonymslift, elevate, raise, get up, bring up

2. let down (emotion) fail to meet the hopes or expectations of

SamplesHer boyfriend let her down when he did not propose marriage.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to let down Sue


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

Broader (hypernym)baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart

Narrower (hyponym)betray, come short, disenchant, disillusion, fail, fall short

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