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go down (sth)

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

(MOVE DOWN)

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)?
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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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