\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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Blood-testing company Theranos said on Friday that its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, would step down as chief executive officer amid federal fraud charges. NBC News, "Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, indicted on wire fraud charges, to step down," 15 June 2018 The university announced last fall that Schimpf would step down as provost June 30. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "This is Boise State's new interim president, replacing Kustra," 1 June 2018 Standing one step down at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games with my lifetime skating partner, Charlie White. Meryl Davis, SELF, "Meryl Davis: Finding New Purpose After Life as an Olympian," 30 May 2018 Right now Amazon is selling refurbished Philips Hue smart lighting systems for just $112, a step down from it's usual $140 price. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: The Ultimate Beer Vessel," 11 May 2018 After more than a decade at the helm, Cecile Richards is stepping down this week. Laura Norkin, Glamour, "How Planned Parenthood Moves Forward, Sans Cecile Richards," 1 May 2018 After more than two decades in the Ravens' front office, Newsome is stepping down from his post now that he's gotten Baltimore through another draft. Matt Zenitz,, "Highly-ranked teammate of Taulia Tagovailoa commits to Alabama," 29 Apr. 2018 In November, Schnatter publically blamed Papa John’s struggling third-quarter sales through football season on the NFL’s handling of players' national anthem protests in a scandal that forced him to step down as CEO. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Pizza Hut extends deal as NCAA’s 'Official Pizza' amid Papa John's woes," 12 July 2018 WASHINGTON - White House legislative affairs director Marc Short, one of President Donald Trump’s longest-serving and more visible aides, is planning to step down by the end of the month. John Wagner And Josh Dawsey,, "Marc Short, Trump’s legislative director, becomes latest senior White House aide to depart," 12 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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