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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
  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 region.

    He managed to bring the plane down safely with only one engine.

    Johnson was brought down by an aggressive tackle just a few feet from the goal.

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