\ 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 This time around, government officials say, Iran has pressured Iraq’s weakened and embattled prime minister not to step down, and fueled his belief that the protests are a foreign conspiracy. Washington Post, "An uprising in Iraq is the broadest in decades. It’s posing an alarming threat to Baghdad and Tehran.," 7 Nov. 2019 So far over 70 have stepped down, more than twice the number who chose not to face the electorate in 2017. The Economist, "Politics this week," 7 Nov. 2019 Minority leader Chris Barnes decided to step down this year, after six years on the council. Emily Brindley,, "West Hartford Democrats take majority on town council and school board once again," 5 Nov. 2019 Coors will step down as the company’s chief customer relations officer at the end of the year, ending his day-to-day duties. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Why did Molson Coors — a beer company that is one of Colorado’s most iconic brands — move its headquarters to Chicago?," 3 Nov. 2019 Metropolitan Council Chair Nora Slawik is stepping down from her position after just 10 months on the job, marking the second high-profile departure of a cabinet member in the early administration of Democratic Gov. Tim Walz. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "Met Council Chair Nora Slawik resigns, citing health problems brought on by stress of job," 1 Nov. 2019 Incumbent Steven Goodin, who was appointed by the mayor after the race for the fourth council seat ended in a tie in the 2015 election, is stepping down, and Taylor is running for mayor. David Anderson,, "Aberdeen Mayor Patrick McGrady faces challenge from Councilman Melvin Taylor in re-election bid," 30 Oct. 2019 Ellis will step down as head coach following the Americans’ final Victory Tour match against Korea Republic at Soldier Field in Chicago. Alicia Delgallo,, "Jill Ellis content as she closes USWNT career marked by unprecedented success, challenges," 3 Oct. 2019 Katherine Lorenz, who has served the foundation since 2011, will step down when the new CEO begins. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation launches search for new CEO," 2 Oct. 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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