\ 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 In an unexpected move, Sergey Brin and Larry Page stepped down from their respective roles as president and chief executive of Alphabet, Google’s parent company. The Economist, "Business this week," 7 Dec. 2019 And Washington’s Chris Petersen stepped down despite leading one of the strongest programs in the Pac-12. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Questions surround Clay Helton, Kevin Sumlin, Chris Petersen and Pac-12 football coaches," 4 Dec. 2019 Calabrese stepped down from his post in late 2018 to an advisory role, with a plan to fully step away in 2020. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Former Cleveland RTA board president pleads guilty to felony theft in office," 3 Dec. 2019 Six months before the film’s release, Snyder stepped down from the film after suffering a personal family tragedy. James Hibberd,, "The Snyder Cut: Everything we know about the other Justice League," 3 Dec. 2019 Jamie temporarily stepped down from his position as her conservator in September. Darlene Aderoju,, "Britney Spears Has ‘Good Contact’ with Her Sons After Family Drama: ‘She Seems Happier’," 2 Dec. 2019 The founder of Papa John's, Schnatter stepped down as CEO and left the board for allegedly uttering a racial slur during a conference call. NBC News, "Papa John's founder vows 'day of reckoning,' says pizzas aren't as good since his ouster," 26 Nov. 2019 Portnow stepped down from in July after 17 years at the helm of the Grammys. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Former MusiCares Employee Settles Wrongful Termination, Harassment Lawsuit With Recording Academy," 25 Nov. 2019 The officer also stepped down from his role as chairperson of a school's parent-teacher association after he was identified online, amid calls for his resignation, according to a statement from the school. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "We 'shouldn't have to give our lives:' Hong Kong protester shot by police speaks out," 23 Nov. 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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