\ 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


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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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 Marc Weinstock is stepping down as president of Annapurna after less than two years in that role. Gregg Kilday, The Hollywood Reporter, "Annapurna's Marc Weinstock Exiting His Post as President," 26 June 2018 After stepping down from leadership of the Vanguard Group in 2000, Jack ran the Bogle Financial Markets Research Center on the Vanguard campus. Burton G. Malkiel, WSJ, "The Secrets of Jack Bogle’s Investment Success," 17 Jan. 2019 Just like the prospect of Mark Zuckerberg stepping down, anything Facebook ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "It’s time for Facebook’s board to step up," 23 Nov. 2018 Over the past nine years, Louise served as the Creative Director at contemporary brand Joseph before stepping down in July. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Lacoste Makes History by Appointing Louise Trotter as Its First Female Creative Director," 5 Oct. 2018 After stepping down from Equitable in 1983, Mr. Middelton joined Legg Mason as a senior vice president and represented the investment firm in corporate finance activities regarding banks and thrift institutions. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "James W. 'Bill' Middelton, former bank president and investment banker, dies," 13 July 2018 Not just lying to us about stepping down and then firing us, but the silence., "Feminist Apparel CEO Fires Entire Staff After They Learn He's An Admitted Sexual Abuser," 9 July 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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The first known use of step-down was in 1890

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