Meaning of “go down ” in the English Dictionary

"go down " in British English

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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 lower level 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 ship started to go down (= sink).
Could I have a glass of water to help these pills go down (= to help me swallow them)?

More examples

  • Would you go down to the basement and fetch me a book please?
  • The submarine went down all the way to the sea floor.
  • The elevator was going down when the fire alarm sounded.
  • It's quicker to go down using the escalator.
  • That joke went down like a lead balloon.

(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.

More examples

  • That lift doesn't go down to the basement.
  • The steps go all the way down to the bottom.
  • The rope goes down to the bottom of the cliff.
  • I think the election will go right down to the wire.
  • They took the road that went down to the dock.

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 summer evenings we would sit on the veranda and watch the sun go down.

More examples

  • The temperature drops when the sun goes down.
  • At what time does the sun go down?
  • The sun went down behind the mountains.
  • We sat on the beach and watched the sun go down.
  • The sun had gone down an hour ago and it was getting cold.

(BE REDUCED)

B1 to be reduced in price, value, amount, quality, level, or size:

The temperature went down to minus 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 started trying to be a singer as well as an actor.

More examples

  • The temperature goes down below zero in the winter.
  • House prices have gone down over the last twelve months.
  • The number of people claiming benefit has gone down.
  • The survey shows that average journey times have been going down.
  • If levels of support continue to go down, the government will be forced to act.

(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 /ɡəʊ/ us 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 computer system goes down, it stops working:

The battery should prevent the computer system from going down in the event of a power cut.

(Definition of “go down” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)