- (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, transitive) To cause an opponent to fall after a tackle.
- (transitive) To make someone feel bad emotionally.
- The news of his death brought her down.
- 1994, Green Day, Basket Case
- I went to a shrink, to analyze my dreams. He said it's lack of sex that's bringing me down.''
- (to make something fall to the ground) shoot down
- (in sports: to cause an opponent to fall after a tackle) harsh one's mellow