- (idiomatic) To resign from office.
2011 December 14, Angelique Chrisafis, “Rachida Dati accuses French PM of sexism and elitism”, in Guardian:
- She now wants to be a Paris MP. But Fillon wants the same Paris seat when he steps down, after next year's election. Both have their eye on the main prize: running for Paris mayor in 2014.
- To gradually reduce something, a little at a time, as an electronic step down transformer.
to resign from office
to gradually reduce something