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step down

1. To resign from some job or position, especially one with high power or authority. Effective immediately, I'll be stepping down as director of the company. Following the scandal, the governor was forced to step down from office.
2. To reduce or lessen something, especially gradually or in stages. Our goal is to step down CO2 emissions over the coming decade. Please begin stepping down the voltage.
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step something down

to reduce the intensity or amount of something by one step or grade. See if you can step the lights down a little. step down the lights just a little more.
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step down

 (from something)
1. Lit. to come down from something; to alight from something. Please step down from the platform. she stepped down and went back to her chair.
2. Fig. to resign a job or a responsibility. The mayor stepped down from office last week. It's unusual for a mayor to step down.
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step down

1. Resign from office, as in He threatened to step down if they continued to argue with him. [Late 1800s]
2. Reduce, especially in stages, as in They were stepping down the voltage. [c. 1900] Also see step up, def. 1.
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step down

v.
1. To descend with a step: The speaker stepped down from the platform. The carpenter stepped down off the ladder.
2. To resign from a high post: The mayor stepped down after two years in office.
3. To reduce, especially in stages: The scientists stepped down the temperature in the chamber and repeated the test. The transformer steps the power down from 110 volts to 24 volts.
See also: down, step
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Another good time for stepping down is when honors is getting in the way of your professional advancement.
The most important reason for stepping down is that your health is beginning to suffer.
McCabe, has been a frequent target of Republicans alleging systemic bias against President Donald Trump, is stepping down immediately, two months before he was supposed to retire.
Earlier in the day, SC asked N.Srinivasan to consider stepping down to facilitate a fair probe into the spot fixing scandal that hit the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) last year.
His Wilmslow-based Proactive Sports Group announced today he was stepping down as chief executive to be replaced by Neil Rodford.
Her husband Paul, 72, who founded the Suzy Lamplugh Trust with her 17 years ago, is also stepping down to care for Mrs Lamplugh.
He said that he was stepping down now as he felt the time was right.
28 ( ANI ): Former Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting has said that stepping down from the captaincy of the Australian team after last year's World Cup tournament in India, was the hardest decision he had to make as a cricketer.
"I thought long and hard about the decision I made about stepping down from the captaincy.
Mr Mendelsohn is stepping down as director and group chief executive with immediate effect.
Tripoli, July 6 (ANI): The Libyan government had denied reports that Muammar Gaddafi is considering 'stepping down' or seeking refuge 'inside or outside' the country.
The central bank chief of Bulgaria is stepping down from office.
Michael Armstrong is stepping down from the post after investors blamed him for failing to adequately oversee the risk-management process of the bank in recent months.