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English verb: step down

1. step down (social) give up or retire from a position

SamplesThe Secretary of the Navy will leave office next month.
The chairman resigned over the financial scandal.

Synonymsleave office, quit, resign

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)depart, leave, pull up stakes

Narrower (hyponym)fall, give up, renounce, resign, retire, top out, vacate

Antonymstake office

2. step down (change) reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of

SamplesDe-escalate a crisis.

Synonymsde-escalate, weaken

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify

Antonymsescalate, intensify, step up

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