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.
Words nearby step
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
Examples from the Web for stepped
Brinsley stepped up to the passenger side of the patrol car, raised a silver Taurus semi-automatic pistol and began firing.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With his latest film, Big Eyes, the Robert Smith-coiffed 56-year-old has stepped back into reality.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel|Marlow Stern|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps in part because it was an FBI coup, the CIA stepped in with its high-priced psychologist.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When she now stepped before the mirror, she said: “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is the fairest of all?”In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her|The Brothers Grimm|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But when the time came you stepped up to the plate just like George W. Bush did.Up to a Point: Thanks to the Biggest Turkey, Uncle Sam|P. J. O’Rourke|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then they stepped from the pile of marble blocks, and passed quietly away.The Mark of the Beast|Sidney Watson
His heavy gun, swinging low, struck her as she stepped down.The Man of the Forest|Zane Grey
He stepped out of the way to accommodate another, but he consented to go with the company to Springfield, the capital of Illinois.Our Standard-Bearer|Oliver Optic
"By the saints, but you are no weakling novice, young man," and he stepped back again to recover.The Thirsty Sword|Robert Leighton
Then he strode away, stepped through the trapdoor, began to descend, disappeared.Children of the Market Place|Edgar Lee Masters
British Dictionary definitions for stepped (1 of 3)
- 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 stepped (2 of 3)
- 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 stepped (3 of 3)
n acronym for
Idioms and Phrases with stepped
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