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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystand down
he/she/itstands down
present participlestanding down
past tensestood down
past participlestood down
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to leave a job or position, especially an important one
    stand down as:

    She’ll be standing down as president at the end of the year.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to leave the witness box in a court of law after you have answered lawyersquestions
  3. 3
    [transitive] Australian to stop employing someone, often temporarily, because there is not enough work for them
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