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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydial down
he/she/itdials down
present participledialling down
past tensedialled down
past participledialled down
  1. 1
    to use the controls on a machine to reduce the level of heat, light or sound

    Put insulation around the heater and the pipes and dial down the thermostat.

  2. 2
    to reduce the level of tension or intensity in a situation

    The two leaders have agreed that they need to dial down the extent to which their parties pick public fights with each other.

    With any exercise, dial it down a level from what you think you can accomplish.

    This meaning is based on one submitted to the Open Dictionary from United Kingdom on 22/04/2012
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