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English verb: bring down

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


SamplesTake down the vase from the shelf.


Synonymsget down, let 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. bring down (social) cause the downfall of; of rulers


SamplesThe Czar was overthrown.
Subvert the ruling class.


Synonymsoverthrow, overturn, subvert


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


Broader (hypernym)depose, force out


Narrower (hyponym)revolutionize

3. bring down (communication) impose something unpleasant


SamplesThe principal visited his rage on the students.


Synonymsimpose, inflict, visit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something on somebody


Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate


Narrower (hyponym)clamp, dictate, foist, give, intrude, obtrude, order, prescribe

4. bring down (motion) cause to come to the ground


SamplesThe pilot managed to land the airplane safely.


Synonymsland, put down


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


Broader (hypernym)arrive, come, get


Causeland, set down


Domain categoryair, air travel, aviation

5. bring down (emotion) cause to be enthusiastic


SamplesHer playing brought down the house.


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


Broader (hypernym)enthuse

6. bring down (change) cut down on; make a reduction in


SamplesReduce your daily fat intake.
The employer wants to cut back health benefits.


Synonymscut, cut back, cut down, reduce, trim, trim back, trim down


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


Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify


Narrower (hyponym)deflate, detract, downsize, inflate, knock off, quench, retrench, shave, shorten, slash, spill, subtract, take away, thin, thin out


Verb groupcut









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