\ 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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Kasich in 2011 recruited Kvamme to move from California to run JobsOhio, Kasich’s private economic development nonprofit; Kvamme stepped down the following year. Andrew J. Tobias,, "Former attorney general and ex-TV reporter dropping lawsuit after getting state-pension records," 3 July 2019 Last Thursday, Nate Taggart stepped down as chief of another cloud computing company, Stackery. Mike Rogoway,, "Cloudability CEO Mat Ellis resigns," 1 July 2019 Admittedly shoehorned in here due to being the best left-sided defender available not named Andreas Brehme, Ziege was only 18 when Beckenbauer stepped down as Germany manager, but would go on to feature heavily in his two spells at Bayern., "Franz Beckenbauer: Der Kaiser's All-Time Best XI," 27 June 2019 In mid-June, Felicia Mayo, one of Tesla’s vice presidents of human relations, stepped down after two years on the job. Rex Crum, The Mercury News, "Tesla turnover: production chief reportedly departs ahead of upcoming sales report," 26 June 2019 Johnson stepped down in December to become the full-time president and CEO of the BioCrossroads' parent organization, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Ex-Lilly executive tapped to lead BioCrossroads," 26 June 2019 Earlier this month a third unexpectedly stepped down as governor of the Astrakhan region after less than ten months in the job. The Economist, "The improbable careers of Vladimir Putin’s bodyguards," 21 June 2019 The job is up for grabs because Prime Minister Theresa May has stepped down as the Tories’ party leader. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Here Comes Boris Johnson!," 21 June 2019 One image on the roll shows Aldrin taking his first step down that ladder. Sophie Sherry And Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Pieces of Apollo 11's history are up for auction for the moon landing anniversary," 20 June 2019

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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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The first known use of step-down was in 1890

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