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go down

phrasal verb with go uk   /ɡəʊ/  us   /ɡoʊ/ verb (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)
  • (GO DOWN)

(UK also go down sth) to ​move down to a ​lowerlevel or ​place: He went down on his ​knees and ​begged for ​forgiveness. He first went down the ​mines when he was 17. The ​plane went down (= ​fell to the ​ground because of an ​accident, ​bomb, etc.) ten ​minutes after ​take-off. Everyone took to the ​lifeboats when the ​shipstarted to go down (= ​sink). Could I have a ​glass of ​water to ​help these ​pills go down (= to ​help me ​swallow them)?

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  • (REACH)

to ​reach or go as ​far as: Its ​roots can go down three ​metres. This ​path goes down to the ​river. Go down to (= ​read as ​far as) the ​bottom of the ​page.

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go down

phrasal verb with go uk   /ɡəʊ/  us   /ɡoʊ/ verb (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)
  • (SUN)

B1 When the ​sun goes down, it ​moves down in the ​sky until it cannot be ​seen any more: On ​summerevenings we would ​sit on the ​veranda and ​watch the ​sun go down.

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  • (BE REDUCED)

B1 to be ​reduced in ​price, ​value, ​amount, ​quality, ​level, or ​size: The ​temperature went down tominus ten last ​night. The company's ​shares went down 7p to 53p. The swelling's gone down but there's still a lot of ​bruising. He went down in my estimation when he ​startedtrying to be a ​singer as well as an ​actor.

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(Definition of go down from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"go down" in Business English

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go down

phrasal verb with go uk   us   /ɡəʊ/ verb (going, went, gone)
[I] to become less in ​amount, ​value, etc.: go down (sth) to sth The company's ​shares went down 7p to 53p.
[I] IT if a ​computersystem goes down, it ​stopsworking: The ​battery should prevent the ​computersystem from going down in the ​event of a ​powercut.
(Definition of go down from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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