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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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