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Definition of "step-down" [step•-down]

  • Decreasing in stages: a step-down gear. (adjective)
  • Electricity Serving to reduce voltage: a step-down transformer. (adjective)
  • A reduction in amount or size. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "step-down" in a sentence
  • "The timing of her announcement to step-down was brilliant and lacing it with riddles left the Pundits scratching their heads too dumb to understand her wisom in it all."
  • "Two years later, Henry was spending every weekend in Canterbury and two days a week at a step-down facility, really a well-staffed rehabilitation unit, which was part of the Cygnet hospital group in Lewisham in southeast London."
  • "October 2009–present: Cygnet Lodge, a “step-down” facility or halfway house, Lewisham, southeast London."