\ 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 His older brother has asked Foppoli to step down both from the mayoral post and from his role as Christopher Creek’s chief executive officer. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Windsor residents to rally for Mayor Dominic Foppoli's ouster over sexual assault allegations," 30 Apr. 2021 According to the Pasadena Star-News, Jordan entered a settlement agreement with Los Altos in November and agreed to step down and waive a right to sue in exchange for $183,821 or nine months of severance. oregonlive, "West Linn police scandal follows former city manager to California, where he lost job offer," 22 Apr. 2021 Shah is among a roster of Credit Suisse executives who’ve been forced to step down following the blowup, according to an internal memo early this month. Marion Halftermeyer, Fortune, "Credit Suisse’s risk chief was also the chief sales person before Archegos collapsed," 22 Apr. 2021 In the book, Page reveals that Pelosi originally planned to step down after the 2016 election but changed her mind after former President Donald Trump was elected. Adia Robinson, ABC News, "Pelosi is a 'master of the inside game of politics': Journalist and author Susan Page," 21 Apr. 2021 Ken Shepherd declined to comment on being asked to step down. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, "Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Blues Music Awards Nomination Rescinded Over Confederate Flag Imagery," 19 Mar. 2021 The Blues Foundation has also asked the performer's father, Ken Shepherd, to step down as a member of its board of directors. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Blues Music Award Nomination Rescinded Due to Confederate Flag Use," 18 Mar. 2021 John Durham was asked to step down as U.S. attorney for Connecticut but allowed to stay on as special counsel, though Garland declined to promise on Monday that Durham would be allowed to finish his investigation into the Trump-Russia investigators. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Garland says he has not discussed Hunter Biden investigation with Joe Biden," 22 Feb. 2021 Mike Haddon, who has been the executive director of the prison since 2018, wrote in a statement that he wasn’t asked to step down, but believed the timing of the change felt natural as Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox takes over as governor in January. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah inmates are dying from coronavirus, as advocates call for an investigation," 21 Nov. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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