bring down

verb
1. move something or somebody to a lower position (Freq. 3)
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take down the vase from the shelf

Syn: ↑lower, ↑take down, ↑let down, ↑get down
Ant: ↑raise (for: ↑lower)
Derivationally related forms: ↑lower (for: ↑lower), ↑lowering (for: ↑lower)
Hypernyms: ↑move, ↑displace
Hyponyms: ↑reef, ↑depress, ↑dip, ↑incline
Cause: ↑descend, ↑fall, ↑go down, ↑come down
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Somebody ——s somebody PP

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Somebody ——s something PP

2. cause the downfall of; of rulers (Freq. 1)
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The Czar was overthrown

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subvert the ruling class

Syn: ↑overthrow, ↑subvert, ↑overturn
Derivationally related forms: ↑subversive (for: ↑subvert), ↑subversion (for: ↑subvert), ↑subverter (for: ↑subvert), ↑overthrow (for: ↑overthrow)
Hypernyms: ↑depose, ↑force out
Hyponyms: ↑revolutionize
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

3. impose something unpleasant (Freq. 1)
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The principal visited his rage on the students

Syn: ↑inflict, ↑visit, ↑impose
Derivationally related forms: ↑imposition (for: ↑impose), ↑visitation (for: ↑visit), ↑infliction (for: ↑inflict)
Hypernyms: ↑communicate, ↑intercommunicate
Hyponyms:
order, ↑prescribe, ↑dictate, ↑intrude, ↑obtrude, ↑clamp, ↑give, ↑foist
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something on somebody

4. cause to come to the ground
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the pilot managed to land the airplane safely

Syn: ↑land, ↑put down
Derivationally related forms: ↑land (for: ↑land), ↑landing (for: ↑land)
Topics: ↑air travel, ↑aviation, ↑air
Hypernyms: ↑arrive, ↑get, ↑come
Cause: ↑land, ↑set down
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s something PP

5. cause to be enthusiastic
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Her playing brought down the house

Hypernyms: ↑enthuse
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

6. cut down on; make a reduction in
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reduce your daily fat intake

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The employer wants to cut back health benefits

Syn:
reduce, ↑cut down, ↑cut back, ↑trim, ↑trim down, ↑trim back, ↑cut
Derivationally related forms: ↑trim (for: ↑trim), ↑cutback (for: ↑cut back), ↑reductive (for: ↑reduce), ↑reduction (for: ↑reduce)
Hypernyms: ↑decrease, ↑lessen, ↑minify
Hyponyms:
shorten, ↑spill, ↑quench, ↑retrench, ↑slash, ↑thin out, ↑thin, ↑take away, ↑detract, ↑deflate, ↑inflate, ↑downsize, ↑subtract, ↑shave, ↑knock off
Verb Group: ↑cut
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

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bring down [phrasal verb]
1 bring down (someone or something) or bring (someone or something) down : to cause (someone or something) to fall down onto the ground

The deer was brought down by a single shot.

The plane was brought down by enemy fire.

— often used figuratively

The government was brought down by a vote of no confidence.

a famous politician who was brought down by scandal

2 bring (something) down or bring down (something) : to cause (something) to become lower

Will anything ever bring house prices down?

3 bring (someone) down informal : to cause (someone) to become sad or depressed

All this rainy weather is really bringing me down. [=getting me down]

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Main Entry:bring

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