Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

come down - definition and synonyms

Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theycome down
he/she/itcomes down
present participlecoming down
past tensecame down
past participlecome down
  1. 1
    to move down to the ground or to a lower level
    He was sitting in a tree and refused to come down.
    1. a.
      if rain, snow, etc. comes down, it falls to the ground, especially in large amounts
      In the afternoon, the rain really started to come down.
      Synonyms and related words
    2. b.
      if an aircraft comes down, it lands or crashes
      The plane came down in a field, killing both the pilot and his passenger.
  2. 2
    to become less in amount, level, price, etc.
    The national debt has come down significantly in the last eight years.
    1. a.
      to agree to ask for or pay a lower price
      They are not willing to come down in price.
  3. 3
    to travel to a place that is farther south or is smaller or less important than the place you are leaving
    My parents are coming down for the weekend.
  4. 4
    to make a decision that supports or opposes someone or something
    Everything depends on which side the judge comes down on.
    come down in favor of/against: The zoning board came down in favor of demolishing the entire block.
  5. 5
    to continue to exist from a long time ago
    come down to: the version of the story that has come down to us
  6. 6
    to be long or deep enough to reach a particular lower point or level
    come down to/as far as: The jacket came down almost to his knees.
  7. 8
    come down in someone’s estimation/opinion to become less respected by someone than you were before, because of something you have done
See also main entry: come

JOMO

… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

brain fade

a temporary inability to think clearly or remember information

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog