Definition of Bring down

1. Verb. Move something or somebody to a lower position. "They bring down the bags on the table"; "Take down the vase from the shelf"

Exact synonyms: Get Down, Let Down, Lower, Take Down
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Causes: Come Down, Descend, Fall, Go Down
Specialized synonyms: Reef, Depress, Dip, Incline
Derivative terms: Lower, Lowering
Antonyms: Raise

2. Verb. Cause the downfall of; of rulers. "Subvert the ruling class"
Exact synonyms: Overthrow, Overturn, Subvert
Specialized synonyms: Revolutionize
Generic synonyms: Depose, Force Out
Derivative terms: Overthrow, Subversion, Subversive, Subverter

3. Verb. Impose something unpleasant. "The principal visited his rage on the students"
Exact synonyms: Impose, Inflict, Visit
Generic synonyms: Communicate, Intercommunicate
Specialized synonyms: Dictate, Order, Prescribe, Intrude, Obtrude, Clamp, Give, Foist
Derivative terms: Imposition, Imposition, Infliction, Visitation

4. Verb. Cause to come to the ground. "The pilot managed to land the airplane safely"
Exact synonyms: Land, Put Down
Category relationships: Air, Air Travel, Aviation
Causes: Land, Set Down
Generic synonyms: Arrive, Come, Get
Derivative terms: Land, Landing

5. Verb. Cause to be enthusiastic. "Her playing brought down the house"
Generic synonyms: Enthuse

6. Verb. Cut down on; make a reduction in. "They will bring down the duet"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
Exact synonyms: Cut, Cut Back, Cut Down, Reduce, Trim, Trim Back, Trim Down
Specialized synonyms: Shorten, Spill, Quench, Retrench, Slash, Thin Out, Thin, Detract, Take Away, Deflate, Inflate, Downsize, Subtract, Knock Off, Shave
Related verbs: Cut
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Lessen, Minify
Derivative terms: Cutback, Reduction, Reductive, Trim

Definition of Bring down

1. Verb. (transitive) To make a legitimate rulership lose their position of power. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To reduce ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To make something, especially something flying, fall to the ground. Usually by firing a weapon of some kind. ¹

4. Verb. (sports) To cause an opponent to fall after a tackle. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To make someone feel bad emotionally. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bring Down

brine fly
brine shrimp
bring a knife to a gunfight
bring about
bring around
bring back
bring down (current term)
bring down the house
bring forth
bring forward
bring home
bring home the bacon
bring in
bring it
bring it weak
bring off
bring on
bring one's arse to an anchor
bring oneself
bring out
bring outside

Literary usage of Bring down

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1890)
"... as about to hurl his throw-stick at a covey of birds, while a cat by his side is on the alert to spring upon the game he is expected to bring down. ..."

2. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in by John Pinkerton (1814)
"... which, by their perpetual chirping and calling, quickly bring down the coveys that are within hearing, and thereby decoy great numbers of them. ..."

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