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Noun step-down has 1 sense
  1. decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down - the act of decreasing or reducing something
    --1 is a kind of change of magnitude
    --1 has particulars:
     cut; moderation; lowering; cutback; devaluation; devitalization, devitalisation; extenuation, mitigation, palliation; easing, easement, alleviation, relief; de-escalation; minimization, minimisation; depletion; shortening; shrinking; subtraction, deduction; deflation; discount, price reduction, deduction; rollback; weakening; depreciation; contraction; reverse split, reverse stock split, split down; amortization, amortisation; declassification; tax shelter, shelter; tax credit
    Derived form: verb step down2
Verb step-down has 2 senses
  1. leave office, quit, step down, resign - give up or retire from a position; "The Secretary fo the Navy will leave office next month"; "The chairman resigned over the financial scandal"
    --1 is one way to leave, depart, pull up stakes
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s
  2. de-escalate, weaken, step down - reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of; "de-escalate a crisis"
    --2 is one way to decrease, lessen, minify
    Derived form: noun step-down1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
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