stand-down

noun \ ˈstan(d)-ˌdau̇n \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of stand-down

:a relaxation of status of a military unit or force from an alert or operational posture

First Known Use of stand-down

circa 1919


stand down

verb

Definition of stand down

intransitive verb
1 :to leave the witness stand
2 chiefly British
a :to go off duty
b :to withdraw from a contest, a position of leadership, or a state of alert or readiness
transitive verb
:to remove from active duty
  • In December of 1944, it was judged safe to stand down the Home Guard … after four and a half years of guarding Britain against invasion.
  • —Anthony Bailey

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