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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theybring down
he/she/itbrings down
present participlebringing down
past tensebrought down
past participlebrought down
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  1. 1
    to cause a government or politician to lose power
    Opposition parties are threatening to bring down the government.
  2. 2
    to reduce the rate, level, or amount of something
    Our principal responsibility is to bring down the level of unemployment.
  3. 3
    to make someone or something move or fall to the ground
    Strong winds brought down power lines across the city.
    He managed to bring the airplane down safely with only one engine.
    Johnson was brought down by a hard tackle six yards from the end zone.
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