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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theygo down
he/she/itgoes down
present participlegoing down
past tensewent down
past participlegone down
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  1. 1
    to become less
    No one expects house prices to go down in the near future.
    How long will it take for the swelling to go down?
    The crime rate shows no signs of going down.
  2. 2
    to sink below the surface of the water
    The ship went down off the coast of Africa.
    1. a.
      to fall to the ground
      We watched as the airplane went down in a fiery blaze.
    2. c.
      go down to to be long enough to reach a particular lower point or level
      There were steps going down to what had once been a lawn.
  3. 3
    to travel toward the south
    go down to: The family is going down to Florida for spring break.
    1. a.
      British to travel to a place that is smaller or less important than the place you are leaving
      go down to: We’re going down to the country next weekend.
  4. 4
    to be remembered or recorded in a particular place or way
    go down as: Hansen will go down as one of the best teachers this school has ever had.
    go down in: Both their names went down in the referee’s notebook.
    The efforts they made will go down in history.
  5. 5
    to produce a particular reaction
    go down well/badly (with someone): The plan to raise rents has not gone down well with tenants.
  6. 6
    if food or drink goes down, you swallow it
    You need smaller pills that go down more easily.
  7. 7
    to be defeated in a competition, especially in sports
    go down to: Canada went down 3–1 to the Russian team.
    1. a.
      British to move to a lower division in a sports league (=a group of teams)
      “I grew up a United fan,” said Little. “I’ll be very sad if they go down.”
  8. 10
    to become worse
    The quality of their products has really gone down in the past few years.
  9. 11
    informal to happen
    I was nowhere near here when the robbery went down.
  10. 13
    British informal to go to prison
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