\ 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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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 Shanahan stepped down Tuesday and withdrew his name from consideration for the Cabinet position, President Donald Trump said. NBC News, "Military official says no U.S. drones in Iranian airspace after report of downed aircraft," 20 June 2019 Protesters are demanding that Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, step down. The Economist, "To restore calm in Hong Kong, try democracy," 20 June 2019 The Spanish soccer federation says national team coach Luis Enrique is stepping down for personal reasons and that assistant coach Roberto Moreno will take over., "Flyers give Kevin Hayes a seven-year, $50 million deal," 19 June 2019 In addition, the state legislature passed a law, signed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, that mandates that all UMMS board members step down by the end of the year, to be reappointed or replaced by the governor. Kevin Rector,, "Three UMMS board members put on leave amid contracts review will return to board," 19 June 2019 Larry Bird steps down from Indiana Pacers player personnel decision-making, and Kevin Pritchard takes over. Indianapolis Star, "Larry Bird's $2.3 million Indianapolis mansion for sale; his Naples home off the market," 19 June 2019 For months, there had been speculation that Sanders would step down. Glamour, "I Cannot Tell a Lie—Sarah Huckabee Sanders Won't Be Missed," 18 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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