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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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