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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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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.

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 5
    to continue to exist from a long time ago
    come down to:

    the version of the story that has come down to us

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