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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 summer evenings 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 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.
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(BE REMEMBERED)

C2 to be remembered or recorded in a particular way: Hurricane Katrina will go down in the record books as the costliest storm ever faced by insurers.

(BE RECEIVED)

(US also go over) to be received in a particular way: I think my speech went down rather well, don't you?

(LOSE)

to lose or be defeated: England's unbeaten run of ten games ended last night when they went down 4–2 to France. Dictators rarely go down without a fight.

(FOOTBALL)

If a football team goes down, it drops to a lower division (= group of teams who play each other): At the end of the season, the three teams at the bottom go down.

(PRISON)

UK slang to be put in prison: She went down for three years for her part in the robbery.

(COMPUTER)

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.

(HAPPEN)

US slang If an event such as a crime or a deal goes down, it happens: I tried to tell Tyrell what was going down, but he wouldn't listen.

(LEAVE)

UK old-fashioned If you go down from a college or university, especially Oxford University or Cambridge University, you leave either permanently or on holiday.
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