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

Definition of step-down

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

step down

stepped down; stepping down; steps 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 How to pronounce step-down (audio) \ adjective

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After hearing complaints from the Cubs dugout, Estabrook took a few steps down the third base line and held up a hand, essentially saying that was enough. John Jackson, The Seattle Times, "Quintana strikes out 11 in 7 innings, Cubs beat Pirates 2-0," 11 Apr. 2019 Matebook 14 Both the Matebook 14 and the Matebook 13 that preceded it are considered a step down from the flagship Matebook X Pro, though the differences aren't that profound. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Huawei refreshes the Matebook X Pro and adds a larger Matebook 14," 24 Feb. 2019 Alas, his tenure as confirmed Oscar host did not last long… December 7 Kevin Hart steps down as host. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kevin Hart, the "Popular" Film & Cancelled Categories: A Complete Timeline of the 2019 Oscar Drama," 21 Feb. 2019 The play got everyone yelling, and prompted Newton to high-step down the field in celebration. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Carolina Panthers minicamp highlights, including early candidate for play of the week," 12 June 2018 Suddenly, in March 2017, Jezebel reported that Agrawal had stepped down as CEO after several employees quit. Eliza Brooke, Glamour, "Is the World Ready for Miki Agrawal and Her Next Big Idea?," 4 Apr. 2019 There’s no question that Swan has succeeded in the seven months or so since former CEO Brian Krzanich unexpectedly stepped down last June. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel makes Bob Swan its permanent CEO, maintaining a slow, steady course away from the PC," 31 Jan. 2019 Over the weekend, The Sunday Times reported that one of Meghan Markle's bodyguards is stepping down after less than a year on the job. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Bodyguard Is Reportedly Stepping Down," 15 Jan. 2019 One of Boston’s most prominent female chief executives is stepping down. Jon Chesto,, "Pam Hamlin to step down from Arnold, replaced by Kiran Smith," 28 June 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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