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English verb: get down

1. get down (motion) lower (one's body) as by kneeling

SamplesGet down on your knees!.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

2. get down (motion) move something or somebody to a lower position

SamplesTake down the vase from the shelf.

Synonymsbring 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

3. get down (motion) alight from (a horse)

Synonymsdismount, get off, light, unhorse

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)come down, descend, fall, go down

Domain categoryhorseback riding, riding

4. get down (consumption) pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking

SamplesSwallow the raw fish--it won't kill you!.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)consume, have, ingest, take, take in

Narrower (hyponym)bolt

5. get down (emotion) lower someone's spirits; make downhearted

SamplesThese news depressed her.
The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to get down Sue

Synonymscast down, deject, demoralise, demoralize, depress, dismay, dispirit

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

Broader (hypernym)discourage

Narrower (hyponym)chill

Antonymselate, intoxicate, uplift, lift up, pick up

6. get down (communication) put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc.

Synonymsput down, set down, write down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)write

Narrower (hyponym)dash down, dash off, notate, note, take down, transcribe

7. get down (change) take the first step or steps in carrying out an action

SamplesWe began working at dawn.
Who will start?.
Get working as soon as the sun rises!.
The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia.
He began early in the day.
Let's get down to work now.

Synonymsbegin, commence, get, set about, set out, start, start out

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Narrower (hyponym)attack, auspicate, bestir oneself, break in, come on, embark, enter, fall, get cracking, get going, get moving, get rolling, get started, get to, get weaving, jump off, launch, plunge, recommence, strike out

Verb groupbegin

Antonymsterminate, end

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