\ ˈstep-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of step-down 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

step down


Definition of step down (Entry 2 of 2)

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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step-down \ˈstep-ˌdau̇n \ adjective

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Johnson and Davis' resignations have added pressure for May to step down over her handling of Brexit as prime minister. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "President Donald Trump arrives to Britain in 'turmoil'," 12 July 2018 In May, more than a hundred masked Korean Air employees called for the Cho family to step down. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "South Korean Airlines Face Operational and Familial Headwinds," 6 July 2018 But hard-line lawmakers lined up to call for Rouhani to step down or be impeached. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Iran protests: why Rouhani's foes are backing off their hard line," 2 July 2018 Democratic General Assembly leaders who oversee election issues called for Nizer to step down. Jessica Anderson,, "What we know about Christine Nizer, head of Maryland's MVA, which failed to forward key voter information," 26 June 2018 The tension has spilled into the open in the ongoing debate about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s role in galvanizing Senate Democrats to call for Sen. Al Franken to step down over misconduct. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "Are Democrats brave enough to run a woman against Donald Trump?," 16 June 2018 But on Thursday, Arizona Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Lines issued a statement calling on Stringer to step down immediately. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Gov. Ducey on Rep. Stringer controversy: 'He disqualified himself' from office," 15 June 2018 Just before the criminal charges were filed, Theranos announced that Holmes would be stepping down as the company’s CEO. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes indicted on criminal charges," 15 June 2018 Hill has repeatedly denied all of the allegations and has rejected calls to step down. Billy Kobin, Indianapolis Star, "Governor's office halts auto-tweet policy after criticism of link to Curtis Hill statement," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of step-down


1922, in the meaning defined above


1890, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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