\ 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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After 15 years at the helm of New York Magazine, 61-year-old Adam Moss is stepping down. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Who Will Replace Adam Moss at New York Magazine?," 15 Jan. 2019 More sophisticated versions can eavesdrop on calls by forcing phones to step down to older, unencrypted 2G wireless technology. Fox News, "Homeland Security finds suspected phone surveillance devices in Washington," 2 Oct. 2018 Instead, Lafontant used the opportunity to announce his resignation, while in various parts of Haiti's small protests were held demanding the head of state step down. Ezequiel Abiu Lopez And Evens Sanon,, "Haiti's prime minister resigns after plan to raise fuel prices sparked deadly protests," 14 July 2018 After that conversation, staffers were under the impression Martofel would step down, according to the Refinery29 article that made the account go viral. Juliana Feliciano Reyes,, "Feminist Apparel CEO Alan Martofel called out for past behavior says: 'Is feminism an inclusive movement or not?'," 12 July 2018 The leader of Harford County’s most influential public employees union will be stepping down at the end of this month. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Moving back to classroom, Harford teachers union leader steps down," 6 July 2018 The top position at the quasi-public agency with a $1.2-billion annual budget had been vacant since its last CEO, Anne Noble, stepped down on Sept. 22, 2016, and entered an unusual and lucrative severance agreement with the board. Jon Lender,, "Connecticut Lottery Hires Director Of Illinois Lottery As New CEO," 5 July 2018 At a briefing at CES 2019 here in Las Vegas, Huawei described the Matebook 13 as a step down from the Matebook X Pro, but there’s still a lot to like in this compact 13-inch notebook. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on: Huawei's Matebook 13 shrinks the Matebook X Pro into a 'Whiskey Lake'-powered laptop," 7 Jan. 2019 Be sure to glance upward for a sense of the scale of this seasoned vessel and its soaring masts, and take narrow steps down to the top three lower decks and peek into the commanding officer’s quarters. Elizabeth Wellington, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Best Museums in Boston You'll Want To Visit," 17 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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