verb (used without object), stepped, step·ping.
verb (used with object), stepped, step·ping.
- to lower or decrease by degrees.
- to relinquish one's authority or control; resign: Although he was past retirement age, he refused to step down and let his son take over the business.
- to leave a place, especially for a brief period of time.
- to walk or march at a more rapid pace.
- to go out to a social gathering or on a date: We're stepping out tonight.
- to raise or increase by degrees: to step up production.
- to be promoted; advance.
- to make progress; improve.
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Idioms for step
- moving in time to a rhythm or with the corresponding step of others.
- in harmony or conformity with: They are not in step with the times.
- not in time to a rhythm or corresponding to the step of others.
- not in harmony or conformity with: They are out of step with the others in their group.
- from one stage to the next in sequence.
- gradually and steadily: We were shown the steelmaking process step by step.
Origin of step
OTHER WORDS FROM step
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH stepstep steppe
Words nearby step
Definition for step (2 of 2)
Origin of step-
Example sentences from the Web for step
Plenty of conservative commentators have said he should step down from his leadership position.
But Brooke was out of step with the New Left and its notion of radical chic.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In the 21st century women are earning their equality every step of the way… including the bedroom.Career-Minded Women Turn to Male Escorts For No-Strings Fun and (Maybe) Sex|Aurora Snow|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The train was already in motion as she tried to step inside, and her body was crushed beneath it.
Out of step with his own party, the libertarian-leaning senator plays to his original base.Presidential Hopeful Rand Paul Backs Obama on Cuba Deal|Olivia Nuzzi|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cammock's hand flew to his belt, he took a step forward, his face suffused with passion.The Wild Geese|Stanley John Weyman
This early moment of his life proved to be its crisis, and the first step he took decided his after-progress.Calamities and Quarrels of Authors|Isaac Disraeli
The words were so intense, so spontaneous and unexpected, that Loder took a step back.The Masquerader|Katherine Cecil Thurston
One step; oh, that is a blessed message I bring to you—it is only one step.The Master's Indwelling|Andrew Murray
For miles through the woods evidences of the terrible conflict meet one at every step.The Citizen-Soldier|John Beatty
British Dictionary definitions for step (1 of 4)
- marching, dancing, etc, in conformity with a specified pace or moving in unison with others
- informal in agreement or harmony
- not moving in conformity with a specified pace or in accordance with others
- informal not in agreement; out of harmony
- informal to conduct oneself with caution and good behaviour
- to walk or move carefully
verb steps, stepping or stepped
Derived forms of stepsteplike, adjective
Word Origin for step
British Dictionary definitions for step (2 of 4)
- a set of aerobic exercises designed to improve the cardiovascular system, which consists of stepping on and off a special box of adjustable height
- (as modifier)Step aerobics
British Dictionary definitions for step (3 of 4)
n acronym for
British Dictionary definitions for step (4 of 4)
Word Origin for step-
Idioms and Phrases with step
In addition to the idioms beginning with step
- step aside
- step by step
- step down
- step in
- step in the right direction, a
- step into
- step into someone's shoes
- step on it
- step on someone's toes
- step out
- step out of line
- step up
- false step
- in step
- (step) out of line
- take steps
- watch one's step