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English verb: come down

1. come down (motion) move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

SamplesThe temperature is going down.
The barometer is falling.
The curtain fell on the diva.
Her hand went up and then fell again.

ExamplesThe airplane is sure to come down

Synonymsdescend, fall, go down

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)abseil, alight, avalanche, cascade, cascade down, climb down, correct, crash, decline, dismount, dive, drip, drop, flop, get down, get off, go down, go down, go under, go under, light, pitch, plop, plunge, plunk, pounce, precipitate, prolapse, rappel, roll down, rope down, set, settle, sink, sink, slump, subside, swoop, topple, tumble, unhorse

Antonymsascend, go up, rise, move up, lift, arise, come up, uprise, go up

2. come down (change) be the essential element

SamplesThe proposal boils down to a compromise.

Synonymsboil down, reduce

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)become, turn

3. come down (weather) fall from clouds

SamplesRain, snow and sleet were falling.
Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum.

Synonymsfall, precipitate

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)hail, rain, rain down, sleet, snow, spat

Entailcondense, distil, distill

Verb groupfall

4. come down (body) get sick

SamplesShe fell sick last Friday, and now she is in the hospital.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)decline, worsen

Narrower (hyponym)canker, contract, get, take, wan

5. come down (communication) criticize or reprimand harshly

SamplesThe critics came down hard on the new play.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart

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