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
Four simple watch faces clearly show information like the time and date, the battery percentage, your heart rate, and step count.This new workout watch can tell when you switch activities|Rob Verger|November 17, 2020|Popular Science
Once the researchers had seen magnetic fields, the next step was to create a shock wave and to observe it accelerating particles.Giant lasers help re-create supernovas’ explosive, mysterious physics|Emily Conover|November 12, 2020|Science News
Dozens of studies have made it abundantly clear that wearing a mask is one of the most effective steps an individual can take to help curb the pandemic.Coronavirus cases are skyrocketing. Here’s what it will take to gain control|Tina Hesman Saey|November 11, 2020|Science News
In true TikTok form, some of their most mundane videos — like a step-by-step guide for how employees make a matcha latte — have gained the most traction.Retailers are pushing their employees to become TikTok influencers|jim cooper|November 11, 2020|Digiday
“We are a significant step closer to providing people around the world with a much-needed breakthrough to help bring an end to this global health crisis,” said Albert Bourla in the release.New Pfizer vaccine appears 90 percent effective against COVID-19|Erin Garcia de Jesus|November 10, 2020|Science News For Students
Hundreds of years ago the most beautiful women of Havana were only glimpsed stepping in or out of carriages on this street.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Peters again complies, stepping aside and raising both hands.
But in the next instant, Peters is stepping back to the table and snatching up the knife.
Good old Sir Bob Geldof stepping into the breach again to raise money for crisis-hit Africa?
Her wealthy family imposed its own monetary and social punishment for stepping outside the sorority.Stepford Sororities: The Pressures of USC’s Greek Life|Maya Richard Craven|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Presently he heard her coming into the room behind him, crossing it, stepping out upon the terrace.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
He would use the thousand pounds as a stepping-stone to legitimate fortune.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
"I won't be beat by such stuff," said Norman, stepping hastily forwards, and opening the door suddenly.The Daisy Chain|Charlotte Yonge
Sure enough, a High-Pockets Jones was stepping out of the second compartment of the cabinet.Nine Men in Time|Noel Miller Loomis
"Always busy, neighbour Rushmere," said Mrs. Martin, stepping briskly up to the old man.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
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