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adverb (LOWER POSITION)    /daʊn/
A2 in or towards a low or lower position, from a higher one: Is this lift going down? Don't look down! You'll get dizzy. The sun's going down and it'll be dark soon. The space capsule came down in the ocean. I bent down to look under the bed.Down and downwardMoving downwards A1 moving from above and onto a surface: Just as I was sitting down to watch TV, the phone rang. Why don't you lie down on the sofa for a while? This box is really heavy - can we put it down (on the floor) for a minute? Get down off that table immediately, you silly girl! The terrorists forced everybody to lie face down (= with the front part of the body below) on the floor.Down and downwardMoving downwards firmly in place or into position: I put the loose floorboard back and nailed it down. He held my arms down by my sides.Down and downwardMoving downwards Grammar:Down, downwards or See moreGrammar:DownWe use down mostly as a preposition or adverb. It means ‘in or moving to a low or lower position or level’:See moreGrammar:Downwards, downwardDownwards is an adverb. It means ‘movement towards a lower position’:See more
(Definition of down adverb (LOWER POSITION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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