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 stepping
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
By stepping down, the embattled McCaffery preempted an ethics investigation that could have cost him his state pension.
"They're stepping on my toes," cried barefooted Peter Grant.Captain Horace|Sophie May
But Ransom was no fool and, stepping back out of the way of temptation, he allowed him to escape without further parley.The Chief Legatee|Anna Katharine Green
“Oh, I do just hope so,” said little Helen Adams, stepping on board her train.Betty Wales Senior|Margaret Warde
“I will,” said the fisherman, stepping forward, and now recognized as a previous acquaintance.The Knights of the White Shield|Edward A. Rand
For the first time I dared to cease rowing, and stepping the mast, hoisted my sail.In the Eastern Seas|W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for stepping (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 stepping (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 stepping (3 of 3)
n acronym for
Idioms and Phrases with stepping
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