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English definition of “step aside/down”

step aside/down

phrasal verb with step     /step/ verb [I + adv/prep] (-pp-)
C2 to leave an important job or position, especially to allow someone else to take your place: He has decided to step down as captain of the team. He is unwilling to step aside in favour of a younger person.Retiring and resigning from work
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