- (transitive) To make a legitimate rulership lose their position of power.
- The rebel forces are trying to bring down the president and his government.
- (transitive) To reduce.
- The latest budget reforms are intended to bring down the level of inflation.
- 2012 October 23, David Leonhardt, "," New York Times (retrieved 24 October 2012):
- The causes of income stagnation are varied and lack the political simplicity of calls to bring down the deficit or avert another Wall Street meltdown.
- (transitive) To humble.
- (transitive) To make something, especially something flying, fall to the ground. Usually by firing a weapon of some kind.
- He brought down a pheasant with his first shot of the day.
- For survival off-the-grid, one should have a gun that can bring down most animals without damaging their meat.
- (sports) To cause an opponent to fall after a tackle.
- 2010 December 28, Kevin Darlin, “West Brom 1 - 3 Blackburn”, in BBC:
- Kalinic later saw red for a rash tackle on Paul Scharner before Gabriel Tamas was dismissed for bringing down Diouf.
- (transitive) To make someone feel bad emotionally.
- The news of his death brought her down.
The object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.
- (to make something fall to the ground): shoot down
- (in sports: to cause an opponent to fall after a tackle): harsh one's mellow