increased; augmented; expanded; heightened: a stepped-up fundraising campaign.
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How to use stepped-up in a sentence
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
But King just stepped up to the podium and delivered one of the finest speeches of his life.Martin Luther King’s Nobel Speech Is an Often Ignored Masterpiece | Malcolm Jones | October 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Now criminal investigators all over Japan have stepped up operations to push for the dismantling of the Kudo-kai.
Sicilian seaports that will facilitate the shipment have already stepped up security measures, especially on incoming vessels.Italy Steps Up Security Over Alleged ISIS Plot to Kill The Pope | Barbie Latza Nadeau | August 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Here the train-hand who overheard the talk, stepped up, and inquired, "Have you lost anything?"The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
One day while walking across the country road, I stepped up to a farmer and said: "When do you go to the war?"Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
He noted that Sssuri had stepped up the pace, passing into his sure-footed glide which made Dalgard exert himself to keep up.Star Born | Andre Norton
He had been three days in the town when a man stepped up to him as he finished a job and asked him to go home with him.It Is Never Too Late to Mend | Charles Reade
Edward stepped up to the table, and very quietly took up the paper and read it.The Children of the New Forest | Captain Marryat