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

Definition of step-down

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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



Definition of step-down (Entry 2 of 3)

: serving to decrease voltage a step-down transformer

step down

stepped down; stepping down; steps down

Definition of step down (Entry 3 of 3)

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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Examples of step-down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His songs had galvanized a movement that succeeded in pushing Ethiopia’s previous prime minister to step down and opening the way for democratic reforms. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Ethiopia protests spark Internet shutdown and fears of high death toll after popular singer killed," 1 July 2020 By this week, more than 100 board members had signed an online repetition calling for the entire board to step down. Hillel Italie, USA TODAY, "Board members resign from thriller writers association after harassment, racial criticisms," 24 June 2020 Berman refused to step down, and went into work Saturday. Colleen Long, Time, "Fired U.S. Attorney Berman Refused to Sign Letter Criticizing New York City Before Firing," 23 June 2020 Berman left the position after at first refusing Attorney General William Barr’s request late Friday to step down. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Schumer demands inspector general investigation into 'corrupt firing' of US attorney," 22 June 2020 Under Russia's current law, Putin would be required to step down as President in 2024, when his term in office comes to an end. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "5 things to know for June 22: Coronavirus, Trump, NASCAR, Putin, statue removal," 22 June 2020 When Berman initially refused to step down, the plan fell apart. Benjamin Weiser,, "Trump fired her boss. Now she is taking cases that incensed White House.," 21 June 2020 The speaker called for Duggan to step down from his position as mayor. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Protesters gather in Detroit for public tribunal of police," 20 June 2020 When Sessions refused to step down, he was dismissed. John Maccormack,, "William Sessions: Former prosecutor, judge and FBI director, dies at 90," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of step-down


1922, in the meaning defined above


circa 1893, in the meaning defined above


1890, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Step-down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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