Definition of step down in US English:

step down

phrasal verb

  • Withdraw or resign from an important position or office.

    ‘Mr. Krenz stepped down as party leader a week ago’
    • ‘He announced he was stepping down to accept a law school position in California.’
    • ‘He had to step down from the position because of the closure of the shipyards.’
    • ‘He stepped down from office in May this year, ending his second spell as Tory group leader on Doncaster Council.’
    • ‘The real test of a democracy is when an office holder loses an election and steps down.’
    • ‘They have been sounded but refused to step down from their respective offices.’
    • ‘Over the next few days he will have to step down from his various positions on SFA committees.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘James has since said he would be stepping down later this year from his position.’
    • ‘I remember the day he told me that he was stepping down from that position.’
    • ‘Last night he decided to step down from his position rather than follow his party's line.’
    resign, stand down, give up one's job, give up one's post, bow out
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