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verb [transitive] down pronunciation in British English /daʊn/ 
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present tense
present participledowning
past tensedowned
past participledowned
  1. 2
    mainly journalism to make an aircraft crash to the ground by attacking it while it is flying

    The jet was downed by a surface-to-air missile.

    1. a.
      to make someone or something fall to the ground

      Lewis downed his opponent with a punch to the jaw.


a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

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