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phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theycool down
he/she/itcools down
present participlecooling down
past tensecooled down
past participlecooled down

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  1. 1
    same as cool2 (sense 1)

    We had to wait until the engine had cooled down before restarting the car.

    The rain had cooled everything down.

  2. 2
    informal to become, or to cause someone to become, less angry or excited

    Just try to cool down and think rationally.

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