\ 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 Last April, Emperor Emeritus Akihito formally abdicated, becoming the country's first monarch to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne in two centuries. Reuters And Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Japan formally declares Prince Akishino heir to the throne," 8 Nov. 2020 Wolf, who was asked to step down from her leadership role in May but continued treating patients, was fired by the center days after the board received the second complaint. Washington Post, "Firings of therapists who alleged wrongdoing left abused children without treatment," 7 Oct. 2020 But that hasn’t dented Ginsburg’s reputation in the eyes of most of her fans, who perhaps respect her all the more for refusing to step down in the face of political pressure. Julie Cohen,, "How Ginsburg Went From Equality Trailblazer to #NotoriousRBG," 23 Sep. 2020 Kotb and Gifford hosted the Today show together for 11 years before Gifford chose to step down from the show in April 2019. Claudia Harmata,, "Hoda Kotb Shares Birthday Tribute to Kathie Lee Gifford with Sweet Shout-Out to Her Late Husband Frank," 16 Aug. 2020 However, the death of two people close to him, the pressure of holding public office, and other struggles with mental health compelled Franks to step down from his position in 2019. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "People march in Phoenix to honor Michael Brown, who police killed 6 years ago Sunday," 11 Aug. 2020 The British Film Institute, together with the U.K. government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has started the recruitment process for a new BFI chair, with Josh Berger due to step down from the role in November. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "British Film Institute Starts Search for New Chair as Josh Berger Completes Term," 5 Aug. 2020 Last week, the Republican leadership of the Pennsylvania state legislature called on Kathy Boockvar, the Democratic secretary of state, to step down. Nick Corasaniti, Star Tribune, "Election officials nationwide find no evidence of voting fraud," 10 Nov. 2020 Last week, the Republican leadership of the Pennsylvania state legislature called on Kathy Boockvar, the Democratic secretary of state, to step down. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "The Times Called Officials in Every State: No Evidence of Voter Fraud," 10 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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“Step-down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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