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
Definition for step (2 of 2)
Origin of step-
Example sentences from the Web for step
We’re going to be conservative as he comes out the starting blocks and really make sure we’re always a step ahead of him a little bit.Wizards’ plan for John Wall involves fewer minutes, more run for Ish Smith, Cassius Winston|Ava Wallace|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
This new agreement signals the next critical step for both companies.Mobileye taps Luminar to supply lidar for its robotaxi fleet|Kirsten Korosec|November 20, 2020|TechCrunch
When you’re not using oxygen, it’s more like ten breaths per step.Everest Summits May Become Easier Due to Climate Change|Kyla Mandel|November 20, 2020|Outside Online
The state health department is monitoring several metrics to determine next steps.Virginia’s coronavirus numbers are rising. Here’s what you need to know.|Antonio Olivo|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
State and local leaders have warned that additional steps may be necessary to curb the spread of the virus.Maryland’s coronavirus numbers are going up. Here’s what you need to know.|Erin Cox|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The Supreme Court eventually stepped in and ended legal segregation in the landmark 1954 decision, Brown v. Board of Education.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future|Jonah Edelman|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That year, on August 10, the first woman stepped in for a pint.
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
Ten minutes later, veiled and cloaked, she stepped out alone into the garden.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
Her heart fluttered violently with fear as she saw that he stepped out after her, and walked by her side toward the house.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Conny stepped smilingly forward, and proceeded to affix the band around the vicar's massive throat.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
An old weather-beaten bear-hunter stepped forward, squirting out his tobacco juice with all imaginable deliberation.
Rising at once he bundled up his traps, threw the line of his small hand-sledge over his shoulder, and stepped out for home.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
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