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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
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.

    3. c.
      if a building or part of it comes down, it is destroyed and falls to the ground
  2. 2
    to become less in amount, level, price etc

    Interest rates have come down significantly in the last three years.

    1. a.
  3. 3
    to travel to a place that is further 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 favour of/against:

    The council came down in favour of closing the road.

  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. 7
    informal to start to feel normal again after a powerful illegal drug has stopped affecting you
  8. 8
    come down in someone’s estimation/opinion to become less respected by someone than you were before, because of something you have done
  9. 9
    come down in the world to become less rich, powerful, successful etc than you were previously
See also main entry: come
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