\ˈstep-ˌdau̇n \

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 \ adjective

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Protesters hold a rally calling for then-President Park Geun-hye to step down, Nov. 12, 2016. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "Business Scandals Rocked South Korea, but Promised Overhaul Underwhelms," 30 Nov. 2018 An anti-violence march in Chicago briefly closed Lake Shore Drive on Thursday afternoon, as protesters demonstrated against the city's spiraling crime crisis and called for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to step down. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Chicago protesters demanding Rahm Emanuel's resignation march to Wrigley Field, closing major roads," 2 Oct. 2018 Schnatter had stepped down as CEO last year after criticizing NFL protests. Houston Chronicle, "Louisville football stadium removing Papa John's name," 13 July 2018 John Amato, the former CEO of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, has stepped down from his position, both The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard reported on Wednesday., "After Reportedly Killing A Major Sexual Harassment Story, Billboard CEO Steps Down," 11 July 2018 Simon, who stepped down under pressure in January, spoke with state police investigators on May 1. David Eggert, The Seattle Times, "Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Nassar," 20 Nov. 2018 Alex Stamos, who recently stepped down from his role as Chief Security Officer at Facebook, published an op-ed in The Washington Post today, saying that Facebook could have responded Russian interference on its platform earlier. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Facebook’s former CSO says that the US must ‘come together to protect’ democracy from misinformation," 17 Nov. 2018 Kelly also campaigned hard against the deeply unpopular outgoing Gov. Sam Brownback, who stepped down in January to become an ambassador; Brownback’s 2012 regime of severe tax and spending cuts more or less starved the government. Libby Nelson, Vox, "Democrat Laura Kelly wins in Kansas, defeating Kris Kobach," 7 Nov. 2018 Iribe, who stepped down as CEO to help lead Oculus' PC/Rift division in late 2016, announced his departure from the company on Facebook Monday. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Oculus reconfirms “future version of Rift” amid PC cancellation rumors," 23 Oct. 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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