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English definition of “step aside/down”

step aside/down

phrasal verb with step     /step/ verb [I]
[I] to leave an important job or position , especially to allow someone else to take your place : step aside/down as sth He has decided to step down as chairman .step aside for/in favour of sb It is time for me to step aside in favour of someone younger .
(Definition of step aside/down from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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