\ 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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Britney Spears‘ father Jamie Spears has stepped down as her conservator after over a decade, PEOPLE confirms. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Britney Spears' Father Jamie Steps Down as Her Conservator After Alleged Altercation with Her Son," 9 Sep. 2019 Gustavo Matosas has sensationally stepped down from his role with Costa Rica after becoming bored with life as an international manager., "Costa Rica Manager ​Gustavo Matosas Quits Job Due to 'Boredom'," 5 Sep. 2019 Donovan has also stepped down as executive chair, but will continue to serve on the board as founding chair. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Teletubbies' Owner DHX Media Names Ex-Marvel Head Eric Ellenbogen CEO," 30 Aug. 2019 Dan Coats, the former DNI, and Sue Gordon, the former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, have both stepped down. CBS News, "Transcript: Michael Vickers talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 28 Aug. 2019 Susan Ballek, who has been executive director and CEO of Farmington’s Hill-Stead Museum since November 2013, has stepped down for health reasons, the historic home announced in a news release. Susan Dunne,, "Hill-Stead CEO steps down; Anna Swinbourne is interim head," 6 Aug. 2019 Seattle City Council One incumbent has already stepped down and others are not seeking reelection to the Seattle City Council, opening a crowded field of 55 candidates. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Have you voted yet? Here’s a quick ballot catchup for the Aug. 6 primary," 29 July 2019 Successful, longtime Menomonee Falls head baseball coach Pat Hansen has stepped down, the school announced Thursday. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two-time state baseball champion head coach Pat Hansen steps down at Menomonee Falls," 25 July 2019 The sultan was the ruler of the northern state of Kelantan and his resignation is the first time a monarch has stepped down before completing the five-year tenure. Fox News, "Former Malaysia king divorces Russian beauty queen wife, months after abdicating throne," 17 July 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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