\ ˈstep-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce step-down (audio) \
plural step-downs

Definition of step-down

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a decrease or reduction in size or amount a step-down in dosage



Definition of step-down (Entry 2 of 3)

: serving to decrease voltage a step-down transformer

step down

stepped down; stepping down; steps down

Definition of step down (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to lower (a voltage) by means of a transformer
2 : to decrease or reduce especially by one or more steps

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Examples of step-down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The 10 is also running an older chip architecture, resulting in a step down in performance and speed. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "The best tablets of 2020," 9 July 2020 In December, Bridgewater said Ms. Murray would step down as co-chief executive in March. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Eileen Murray Is Named to Lead Finra, Wall Street’s Self-Regulatory Arm," 30 June 2020 But Bridger herself had planned to step down in July, even as the city faces its most daunting public health crisis since the pandemic began. Brian Chasnoff,, "San Antonio health director resigns as region sees coronavirus surge," 26 June 2020 Conservatives have hoped that Justice Clarence Thomas, 72, might step down to allow Trump to name a third young, conservative nominee to the life term, further cementing his mark on the nation’s top court. Tal Kopan,, "Progressives target Dianne Feinstein as head of Senate Judiciary Committee," 6 July 2020 The Portuguese banker, who will step down next June, is credited with stabilizing the U.K.’s third-biggest bank by assets in the wake of the 2008 crisis, during which the government became its largest shareholder. ... Simon Clark, WSJ, "Lloyds CEO Who Oversaw Postcrisis Overhaul to Step Down," 6 July 2020 Its guns are only a slight step down in quality compared to big brother. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "9 of the Most Underrated Semiautomatic Shotguns of All Time," 30 June 2020 An attempt by Mutharika’s government to get Malawi’s chief justice to step down just days before the new election had failed amid an outcry. Gregory Gondwe, The Christian Science Monitor, "Malawi election: A vote for democracy and a new president," 28 June 2020 His songs had galvanized a movement that succeeded in pushing Ethiopia’s previous prime minister to step down and opening the way for democratic reforms. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Ethiopia protests spark Internet shutdown and fears of high death toll after popular singer killed," 1 July 2020

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First Known Use of step-down


1922, in the meaning defined above


circa 1893, in the meaning defined above


1890, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of step-down was in 1890

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“Step-down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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