Definition of Get down
1. Verb. Lower (one's body) as by kneeling. "Get down on your knees!"
2. Verb. Move something or somebody to a lower position. "They get down the bags on the table"; "Take down the vase from the shelf"
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Causes: Come Down, Descend, Fall, Go Down
Specialized synonyms: Reef, Depress, Dip, Incline
Derivative terms: Lower, Lowering
3. Verb. Alight from (a horse).
Category relationships: Horseback Riding, Riding
Generic synonyms: Come Down, Descend, Fall, Go Down
Derivative terms: Dismount
4. Verb. Pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking. "They get down more bread"; "Swallow the raw fish--it won't kill you!"
Generic synonyms: Consume, Have, Ingest, Take, Take In
Specialized synonyms: Bolt
Derivative terms: Swallow
5. Verb. Lower someone's spirits; make downhearted. "The performance is likely to get down Sue"; "The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her"
Specialized synonyms: Chill
Generic synonyms: Discourage
Derivative terms: Dejection, Demoralisation, Demoralization, Depressant, Depressant, Dismay
6. Verb. Put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc..
Generic synonyms: Write
Specialized synonyms: Transcribe, Notate, Dash Down, Dash Off, Note, Take Down
7. Verb. Take the first step or steps in carrying out an action. "They get down moving "; "Let's get down to work now"
Specialized synonyms: Recommence, Strike Out, Fall, Jump Off, Get To, Auspicate, Attack, Break In, Launch, Plunge, Come On, Embark, Enter, Bestir Oneself, Get Cracking, Get Going, Get Moving, Get Rolling, Get Started, Get Weaving
Related verbs: Begin
Derivative terms: Beginner, Beginning, Commencement, Start, Start, Start, Starter
Definition of Get down
1. Verb. To bring or come down; descend. ¹
2. Verb. To concentrate; attend. ¹
3. Verb. To depress; discourage; fatigue. ¹
4. Verb. To swallow. ¹
5. Verb. To relax and enjoy oneself completely; be uninhibited in one's enjoyment. ¹
6. Verb. (informal) To duck or take cover, usually to avoid harm. Commonly used as a caution or warning in the imperative. ¹
7. Verb. (informal) To dance with abandon. ¹
8. Verb. (British informal of a child) To leave the table after dining. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Lexicographical Neighbors of Get Down
Literary usage of Get down
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1912)
"If you was down under the plank, you could tell what was under It I could not • • • In getting down on that plank, there was no place to get down on It ..."
2. Report of the Joint Select Committee Appointed to Inquire Into the Condition by Luke Potter Poland, John Scott (1872)
"When they dismounted horses, they told me to get down. I said, " Gentlemen, I can't get down ; please help me down." One of them ran up, and catched me by ..."
3. Documentary History of Reconstruction: Political, Military, Social by Walter Lynwood Fleming (1907)
"I says, "It is hard to get down on my knees and take a whipping for nothing. ... "get down," he says; "if you ever raise up again you'll go dead before we ..."
4. The Journal of American Folk-lore by American Folklore Society (1917)
""get down, get down, loving Henry," she cried, "And stay all night with me; ... "OI can't get down, OI can't get down, And stay all night with you; ..."