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(2) down

adjective; other word formation type
willing to carry out or agreeing with a proposed idea or course of action
 
This sense of ‘down’ may have originated through metaphorical extension from the adjective sense of ‘down’ meaning ‘being on record,’ such as in the example ‘I have you down for a reservation for two.’ Possibly, the idea of making a physical record for a future event, such as a reservation, came to mean, through the process of metaphor, willing to carry out or agreeing with a proposed future event.
Etymology : ‘Down’ comes from the Old English ‘ofdune’ meaning ‘downwards,’ which came from ‘dune’ meaning ‘from the hill.’ The adjective sense of ‘depressed mentally’ is attested from 1610; however, the adjective sense of ‘being on record’ is not yet etymologically documented, but it has likely been present in the English language for quite some time.
Source : ‘We’re going to go to out to dinner tonight. You down?’ (conversation with a friend, October 2008)
Last modified: 4 December 2008


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