Definition of stand down in English:

stand down

  • 1Withdraw or resign from a position or office: he stood down as leader of the party
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    • He is standing down from his position due to ill health.
    • The first-ever female principal of Northallerton College has announced that she is standing down from her position next summer after nearly seven years in the job.
    • He announced that he was standing down from the position as treasurer after 18 years.
  • 2 (stand down or stand someone down) Relax or cause to relax after a state of readiness: if something doesn’t happen soon, I reckon they’ll stand us down
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    • Royal Navy ice patrol ship HMS Endurance has been stood down from a rescue in the sea off Antarctica.
    • If there is not a successful breakthrough, we're there at the Government's behest and if they decide to stand us down, then we will be stood down.
    • An ambulance crew was dispatched immediately, however they were stood down shortly after.
    relax, stand easy, come off full alert
  • 3(Of a witness) leave the witness box after giving evidence.
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    • The applicant may stand down and go back to the Bar table.
    • What I propose to do is to have this witness stood down.
    • After a minute of silence the judge said, ‘Okay, the witness may stand down.’
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