\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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That's a significant step down from its usual $1,300 price tag. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Is Taking $350 Off New Macbooks Today," 29 Aug. 2018 For example, where did Meghan’s bouquet of bridal flowers suddenly appear from between her car ride to Windsor Chapel, and her first steps down the aisle? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Wedding Bouquet Was Handed to Her by a Mystery Woman," 15 Aug. 2018 After 2019, the investment tax credit steps down to 26 percent for projects that begin construction in 2020, and 22 percent for projects that begin in 2021, the Solar Energy Industries Association reports. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Should you install solar on your home? 10 key considerations," 4 July 2018 And Ervin would be a severe step down defensively from Hamilton. John Fay,, "Reds Xtra: The mailbag is overflowing with queries about Bailey, Harvey, Lorenzen," 30 June 2018 This is a step down from where the Boilermakers ended last year. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten power rankings: Why Michigan State is better than Michigan," 27 June 2018 Hobson, 49, who has been a director on the Starbucks board, will become vice chair when Schultz steps down, and Myron E. Ullman, the former chairman of J.C. Penney, will take over as the company’s new chair. Angela Helm, The Root, "Mellody Hobson Will Become Starbucks’ No. 2 When Howard Schultz Steps Down," 5 June 2018 Yeah, but that was a big step down from microfluidics. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: WSJ investigative journalist John Carreyrou on Recode Decode," 3 June 2018 The last three years have also seen longtime head Sumner Redstone step down as chairman, lawsuits contesting his mental competency and the ouster of Viacom Chairman and CEO Philippe Dauman. Kate Stanhope,, "Timeline: The Redstones' many battles for Viacom ... and now CBS," 22 May 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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