Meaning of step down in English:

step down

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phrasal verb

  • 1Withdraw or resign from an important position or office.

    ‘he stepped down as party leader a week ago’
    • ‘I remember the day he told me that he was stepping down from that position.’
    • ‘He stepped down from office in May this year, ending his second spell as Tory group leader on Doncaster Council.’
    • ‘They have been sounded but refused to step down from their respective offices.’
    • ‘Last night he decided to step down from his position rather than follow his party's line.’
    • ‘He had to step down from the position because of the closure of the shipyards.’
    • ‘Over the next few days he will have to step down from his various positions on SFA committees.’
    • ‘The real test of a democracy is when an office holder loses an election and steps down.’
    • ‘James has since said he would be stepping down later this year from his position.’
    • ‘All year Daly had intimated that he was ready to step down and last night reports of his resignation did not come as any surprise.’
    • ‘He announced he was stepping down to accept a law school position in California.’
    resign, stand down, give up one's job, give up one's post, bow out
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  • 2step something down, step down somethingDecrease voltage by using a transformer.

    ‘it uses only a 12-volt supply, stepped down by a small isolating mains transformer’
    • ‘And even if mains electricity was used, the voltage would be stepped down to battery-levels.’
    • ‘For PSD analysis, the reflector voltage was stepped down in 10 to 12 steps, starting from 30 kV, in order to collect fragment ions from the precursor down to immonium ions.’
    • ‘In this case, the supply provides 12V DC power to the case, which has a small internal regulator to step the voltage down to 3.3V and 5V as needed.’
    • ‘But larger facilities, including malls, campuses and industrial plants, may take power at ‘high tension’ - between 4,800 and 138,000 volts - and then step it down with their own transformers.’
    • ‘AC circuits predominate in the US transmission system because they are compatible with transformers - devices that can step up voltage before electricity is transported or step it down before electricity is distributed to consumers.’