\ 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 At Teradata, Bramley succeeds Mark Culhane, who will step down as CFO on June 13 but remain at the company until the end of June to assist in the transition. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 9 June 2021 Marx’s offer was unusually public and self-reflective, given the opaque manner in which Catholic prelates usually step down. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has picked a date to step down as CEO. Joseph Pisani, Chron, 26 May 2021 The Department of Corrections did not immediately respond Tuesday to a request for comment about the call for Dunn to step down., 19 May 2021 Most often, university presidents who step down to serve as faculty agree to be paid a percentage of their former salary, Finkelstein explained, typically 75%. Amanda Blanco,, 15 May 2021 More than 175 million Prime members streamed shows and movies in the past year, and hours streamed rose more than 70%, compared to a year ago, noted Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos – who will step down as CEO this summer. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2021 CBS News President Susan Zirinsky is nearing a deal to step down after just two years in the role and sign a wide-ranging production partnership with parent company ViacomCBS Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. Joe Flint, WSJ, 13 Apr. 2021 Led by founding director Donald Krehbiel, who’ll step down from his position in December, the 40-minute program mixed together 16th- and 20th-century motets for the Christian season of Lent and Holy Week. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 7 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of step-down was in 1890

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“Step-down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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