Definition of take something down in US English:

take something down

phrasal verb

  • 1Write down spoken words.

    ‘I took down the address’
    • ‘As he reflected on this fact, he began to write the notes for the day and that he knew would just be a waste of chalk because no one would take the notes down.’
    • ‘I shuffled through my pockets, trying to find a piece of paper and a writing utensil so I could take the address down.’
    • ‘He muttered things under his breath in a language I didn't recognize, shifting between several books, and taking notes down in a little black book.’
    • ‘Are you taking notes down or maybe just scrawling love messages to your hubby?’
    • ‘Vincent was reading one of her thick books and taking notes down.’
    • ‘When I started to make it from the begin, I saw Mrs. Kennedy taking notes down of everything I do.’
    • ‘Obviously, it can be very useful to take your notes down straight away, i.e. as soon as something interesting happens.’
    • ‘Personal details were taken down for the record.’
    • ‘Certainly, within Maori heritage, oral history is of extreme importance, and it is extremely important that it is taken down and recorded in an appropriate fashion.’
    • ‘Stewart spoke from a military hospital in Sydney, McAuley spoke from Melbourne, and she took their statement down in longhand.’
    write, note, note down, make a note of, set down, jot, jot down, scribble, scrawl, take down, record, register, document, minute, put in writing, commit to paper
    write down, note down, make a note of, jot down, set down, mark down, record, put on record, commit to paper, put in black and white, register, draft, document, minute, pen
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  • 2Dismantle and remove a structure.

    ‘the old Norman church was taken down in 1819’
    • ‘But council bosses ordered the residents to take the gates down - or have them removed - because they were blocking access to a public alleyway.’
    • ‘But their health has deteriorated so much in recent months that they are willing to return the money if the structure is taken down.’
    • ‘The windows were falling in, there were holes in the floor, and even the church bell had been taken down and left in a chair.’
    • ‘In addition, in every street of every suburb, cottages and structures in back yards have been taken down, leaving lodgers without accommodation.’
    • ‘The building consisted of mass concrete and heavy duty steel and it took a major effort by demolition machines to take it down.’
    • ‘It does not make sense, and Denmark, the world leader in this form of energy production, has now stopped its building programme and is actually taking the structures down.’
    • ‘Tony and Jane were given until March this year to take the structure down.’
    • ‘Many older buildings have been taken down to make room for roads and newer structures.’
    • ‘In recent weeks the roof of the building had been removed and then the inside of the premises had been taken down, leaving just the exterior walls standing as an empty shell.’
    • ‘The property has been in storage since the 1950s, when it was taken down as one of the few ancient structures to survive Second World War bombing.’
    remove, dismantle, disassemble, unfasten, separate, take apart, take to pieces, take out, disconnect
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