step-up

or step·up

[ step-uhp ]
/ ˈstɛpˌʌp /

adjective

effecting an increase.
Electricity. serving to increase voltage: a step-up transformer.
(of a lease) allowing for gradual rent increases to the highest amount permissible.

noun

an increase or rise in the rate or quantity of something.

Origin of step-up

First recorded in 1890–95; adj., noun use of verb phrase step up
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