Phrasal Verbs with DOWN

Phrasal Verbs with DOWN

BACK DOWN
(intransitive) to concede in a disagreement
The mugger backed down when he saw that Max was carrying a 9mm handgun.

BREAK DOWN
(intransitive) to stop functioning
John had to learn to become a good mechanic as his car was always breaking down.

BREAK DOWN
(intransitive) to lose control of one’s emotions
Max broke down in tears when he heard that Mary had been arrested.

BRING DOWN
(separable) to cause to fall
Michael Moore is hoping to bring the Bush administration down.

BURN DOWN
(separable) to destroy by fire
Please don’t smoke in bed for you may burn the house down.

CALM DOWN
(separable) to stop being emotionally distressed
Max was so upset that nothing could calm him down.

COME DOWN
(intransitive) to become sick
Max came down with the flu.

COME DOWN
(intransitive) to reduce to the essential element
In politics everything really just comes down to the economy.

COME DOWN
(intransitive) to precipitate, fall from clouds
Snow has been coming down for about 2 hours now.

COME DOWN
(intransitive) to descend, fall, go down
It?s been hot all day. Finally the temperature is starting to come down a bit.

COME DOWN
(intransitive) to criticize
Max came down on Mary for not washing the dishes after dinner.

COPY DOWN
(separable) to record in writing
Max told Mary about the idea. She copied it down and sold it to the highest bidder.

CUT DOWN
(inseparable) to reduce
Max decided to cut down his alcohol consumption.

DIE DOWN
(intransitive) to decrease
The noise from the party finally died down around four in the morning.

FALL DOWN
(intransitive) to fall to the ground or floor
Mary fell down and hurt her left knee.

GET DOWN
(intransitive) to descend or lower
Max got down on his knees and prayed.

GET DOWN
(intransitive) give one?s consideration or attention (used with to)
Now that we?ve finished lunch, I am ready to get down to business.

GET DOWN
(separable) to depress, exhaust or discourage
Talking about politics really gets me down.

GET DOWN
(separable) to put in writing
Did you get everything I said down?

GO DOWN
(intransitive) to go under; to drop below the horizon; to sink
I hope to get to the beach before the sun goes down.

GO DOWN
(intransitive) to ingest
Water goes down especially well after a long hard soccer match.

HOLD DOWN
(separable) to keep a job
Mary has never been able to hold down a job.

HUNT DOWN
(separable) to pursue to find or capture someone or something
Max hunted the waitress down, so that he could order dinner.

JOT DOWN
(separable) to copy down or make a note of
Max jotted down a few notes as the professor spoke.

KEEP DOWN
(separable) to control; subdue; repress
You can have a party, but please keep the noise down as much as possible.

KNEEL DOWN
(intransitive) to go down on your knees
Before he goes to bed, Max kneels down to pray.

LET DOWN
(separable) to disappoint
The team let the coach down.

LIE DOWN
(intransitive) to recline
I like to lie down in my hammock and read.

MARK DOWN
(separable) to reduce prices
K-mart often marks its prices down.

MARK DOWN
(separable) to write or make a note on something
Max marked the phone number down so that he wouldn?t forget it.

PLAY DOWN
(separable) to make something seem less important
Max played down his car accident so that his mother wouldn’t get worried.

PULL DOWN
(separable) to pull something so that it comes down
When Max drinks too much, he sometimes pulls his pants down in public.

PUT DOWN
(separable) to insult or make disparaging remarks about someone
I feel sorry for Max. Everytime he and Mary get together with their friends Mary puts him down in front of everybody.

PUT DOWN
(separable) to kill a sick or injured animal (usually out of mercy)
The vet said it was necessary to put down the race horse because of its broken leg.

QUIET DOWN
(separable) to be less noisy
Class, please quiet down. I’m trying to think.

SETTLE DOWN
(intransitive) to become calm; to start living a quiet family life
Max started to look for a wife because he thought it was time to settle down.

SETTLE DOWN
(separable) to get someone to become calm
Settle John down. The neighbors are trying to sleep.

SHOOT DOWN
(separable) to make something hit the ground by shooting it
yugoslavia shot down one US warplane.

SIMMER DOWN
(intransitive) to become less angry
Bill allowed his wife to simmer down before he asked for forgiveness.

TAKE DOWN
(separable) to lower
Max took his pants down so that the nurse could give him an injection.

TAKE DOWN
(separable) to dismantle; disassemble; take apart
Max took down his tent and went home.

TAKE DOWN
(separable) to lower one’s self-esteem
Mary’s constant criticism has taken Max down considerably.

TURN DOWN
(separable) to decrease
Please turn the radio down. It’s too loud.

TURN DOWN
(separable) to reject
Bill asked 100 girls to go out on a date with him. All but one turned him down.

WATER DOWN
(separable) to make weaker
Don’t go to that bar. The bartender waters down all of the drinks.

WEAR DOWN
(separable) to cause to be worn or weak
Your constant nagging is wearing me down.

WRITE DOWN
(separable) to record in writing
In that class, you should write down everything that the professor says. It’s likely to be on the test.

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