[ stept-uhp ]

  1. increased; augmented; expanded; heightened: a stepped-up fundraising campaign.

Origin of stepped-up

First recorded in 1900–05

Words Nearby stepped-up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use stepped-up in a sentence

  • Here the train-hand who overheard the talk, stepped up, and inquired, "Have you lost anything?"

  • 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.

  • Edward stepped up to the table, and very quietly took up the paper and read it.