The adverb down means "from a higher place to a lower one," like when a person climbs down a ladder or a waiter puts a tray full of cakes down on a table.

Anything that moves lower — in height, location, or volume — is down, so you can travel down south, tell your dog to get down, or turn your loud music down. Down can also refer to a mood or condition; if you're feeling down, you're sad, and if your computer is down, it's not working. Another meaning of down is the soft feathers of a young bird, which is sometimes used to fill coats or comforters.

Definitions of down
  1. adverb
    spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position
    “don't fall down
    “rode the lift up and skied down
    synonyms: downward, downwardly, downwards
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    up, upward, upwardly, upwards
    spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position
  2. adverb
    to a lower intensity
    “he slowly phased down the light until the stage was completely black”
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    to a higher intensity
  3. adjective
    being or moving lower in position or less in some value
    “lay face down
    “the moon is down
    “our team is down by a run”
    down by a pawn”
    “the stock market is down today”
    literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension
    coming down or downward
    having the lower score or lagging position in a contest
    heading in any direction that is conventionally down
    directed downward
    toward or in the defending team's end of the playing field
    on or toward a surface regarded as a base
    having dropped by the force of gravity
    being below the horizon
    caused to fall to the ground
    tending downward in price
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    being or moving higher in position or greater in some value; being above a former position or level
    (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')
    moving or going or growing upward
    ahead, in the lead, leading
    having the leading position or higher score in a contest
    (used of an anchor) hanging clear of the bottom
    dormie, dormy
    in match play a side that stands as many holes ahead as there are holes remaining to be played
    heavenward, skyward
    directed toward heaven or the sky
    (of e.g. celestial bodies) above the horizon
    (of growing vegetation) having just emerged from the ground
    heading in any direction that is conventionally up
    away from the defending teams' end of the playing field
    directed up
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  4. adjective
    becoming progressively lower
    “the down trend in the real estate market”
    becoming lower or less in degree or value
  5. adjective
    extending or moving from a higher to a lower place
    “the down staircase”
    synonyms: downward
    coming down or downward
  6. adjective
    lower than previously
    “prices are down
    synonyms: depressed
    less than normal in degree or intensity or amount
  7. adjective
    “the shades were down
    below the surround or below the normal position
  8. verb
    cause to come or go down
    “The policeman downed the heavily armed suspect”
    synonyms: cut down, knock down, pull down, push down
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    bring down with a blow to the legs
    type of:
    deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
  9. verb
    bring down or defeat (an opponent)
    synonyms: topple
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    type of:
    defeat, get the better of, overcome
    win a victory over
  10. verb
    shoot at and force to come down
    synonyms: land, shoot down
  11. noun
    (American football) a complete play to advance the football
    “you have four downs to gain ten yards”
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    type of:
    play, turn
    (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
  12. verb
    drink down entirely
    synonyms: belt down, bolt down, drink down, kill, pop, pour down, toss off
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    type of:
    drink, imbibe
    take in liquids
  13. verb
    eat immoderately
    “Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal”
    synonyms: consume, devour, go through
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    type of:
    take in solid food
  14. adverb
    in an inactive or inoperative state
    “the factory went down during the strike”
    “the computer went down again”
  15. adjective
    not functioning (temporarily or permanently)
    “we can't work because the computer is down
    not working or taking effect
  16. adjective
    filled with melancholy and despondency
    synonyms: blue, depressed, dispirited, down in the mouth, downcast, downhearted, gloomy, grim, low, low-spirited
    affected or marked by low spirits
  17. adjective
    being put out by a strikeout
    “two down in the bottom of the ninth”
    not allowed to continue to bat or run
  18. adverb
    away from a more central or a more northerly place
    “was sent down to work at the regional office”
    “worked down on the farm”
    “came down for the wedding”
    “flew down to Florida”
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    to a more central or a more northerly place
  19. adverb
    paid in cash at time of purchase
    “put ten dollars down on the necklace”
  20. adverb
    from an earlier time
    “the story was passed down from father to son”
  21. adjective
    understood perfectly
    “had his algebra problems down
    synonyms: down pat, mastered
    being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish
  22. verb
    improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
    synonyms: fine-tune, polish, refine
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    over-refine, overrefine
    refine too much or with excess of subtlety
    civilise, civilize, cultivate, educate, school, train
    teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
    make less natural or innocent
    type of:
    ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
    make better
  23. noun
    soft fine feathers
    synonyms: down feather
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    duck down
    down of the duck
    goose down
    down of the goose
    swan's down
    down of the swan
    down feather of young birds; persists in some adult birds
    down of the eider duck
    type of:
    feather, plumage, plume
    the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
  24. noun
    fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs)
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    the fine downy hair covering a human fetus; normally shed during the ninth month of gestation
    type of:
    a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss
  25. noun
    (usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil
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    type of:
    highland, upland
    elevated (e.g., mountainous) land
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