stand down - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
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
See also main entry: stand