step1 [ step ] noun ***
▸ 1 movement of foot
▸ 2 one of series of actions
▸ 3 for walking up/down
▸ 4 stage/level on scale
▸ 5 between musical notes
1. ) count a short movement made by putting one foot in front of the other:
take/move a step: I am too tired to take another step.
He moved a step nearer the two men.
retrace your steps (=go back the same way you came): We were lost and decided to retrace our steps.
a ) count a particular movement or set of movements performed with your feet while dancing:
dance step: Juan was practicing his new dance steps for the competition.
b ) count the sound your feet make while you are walking: FOOTSTEP:
I could hear his steps coming closer.
c ) count the short distance your feet move while you are walking:
The mini-market is just a few steps from my front door.
d ) singular the particular way someone walks, that sometimes shows how they are feeling:
a spring in your step (=a quick and cheerful attitude in the way you walk): He felt fantastic and there was a new spring in his step.
e ) count or uncount a type of exercise you do by quickly moving onto and off a low piece of equipment:
She teaches a step class.
2. ) count one of a series of actions you do in order to achieve a particular goal:
step in: This new law is the first step in making our city safer.
step toward: This agreement is an important step toward our goal.
a step along the way/road: For Jack, this job was a mere step along the road to power.
a step in the right direction: It's not the best deal for staff, but it's a step in the right direction.
a ) a step forward/backward something that makes a situation better/worse:
The new microchip is a major step forward in computer technology.
b ) take a step to perform a particular action:
The president took the unprecedented step of publishing details of the conversation in the press.
take steps to do something (=perform an action in order to achieve something): The school will take steps to make sure that these children are found and punished.
3. ) count a flat piece of wood or stone, usually one in a series, that you walk up or down in order to move to a different level:
I met him on the front steps of his house.
The woman took them down some steps leading to the beach.
a flight of steps (=a long set of steps): I climbed a flight of steep narrow steps.
the foot of the steps: waiting at the foot of the basement steps
4. ) count one of the stages in a process, or one of the levels on a SCALE:
steps in your learning process
a step up: Her new job is a big step up for her.
a step up on the pay scale
be a step ahead of someone: She was congratulating herself on her ingenuity, but he was one step ahead of her.
repeat a step: When you finish the exercise, repeat steps five to ten.
a ) every step of the way continuously, during a whole process:
During college, my parents supported me every step of the way.
b ) step by step or one step at a time moving slowly from one stage or level to the next:
Don't worry, we'll take things one step at a time.
5. ) count AMERICAN an amount equal to two HALF STEPS by which a musical note is higher or lower than another note
in/into step
1. ) if people or things are in step, they agree or move at the same rate:
step by step with: Prices usually keep in step with inflation.
2. ) if people walk in step, each person moves their feet at exactly the same time as the others:
fall in/into step: The protesters fell in step as they marched past the jailhouse.
out of step
1. ) if people or things are out of step, they do not agree or move at the same rate
2. ) if people walk out of step, they do not keep their feet moving at the same time as the rest of a group
watch your step
1. ) to be careful when you are walking so that you do not slip or fall
2. ) INFORMAL used for saying that someone must be careful about what they are saying, or how they behave:
You're going to get into trouble again if you don't watch your step!
step 2 [ step ] verb intransitive ***
1. ) step back/down/into etc. to move by putting one foot down in front of the other:
Step back or you'll get hit by the ball.
I stepped on the platform and started to speak.
Another soldier was injured when he stepped on a landmine.
2. ) step into/away from/up to/over etc. to move or walk a short distance:
Sally stepped gingerly into the icy water.
We stepped aside to let them pass.
He stepped from his car and helped her out.
step inside/outside: Please step inside and wait for a moment.
step on it INFORMAL
used for telling someone to drive a vehicle faster
step out of line INFORMAL
to break the rules, or do something wrong
step out of/from something
if someone seems to have stepped out of a book, movie, etc., they seem to be very much like a character from it:
characters that might have stepped straight out of the pages of Mark Twain
step outside INFORMAL
used for suggesting that people should go somewhere to have a fight using their FISTS:
He challenged the guy to step outside for a minute.
,step a`side or ,step `down phrasal verb intransitive
to leave an official position or job, especially so that someone else can take your place:
The manager announced he is stepping aside.
,step `back phrasal verb intransitive
to stop for a moment in order to consider something:
Let's step back and have another look at this.
,step `down phrasal verb intransitive
same as STEP ASIDE:
The chairman was forced to step down due to poor health.
step down as: Sandra stepped down as treasurer.
,step `forward phrasal verb intransitive
to offer help to someone who needs it:
Ron stepped forward and offered to change the tire.
,step `in phrasal verb intransitive
to become involved in a discussion or argument, especially in order to make it stop:
It is time for the government to step in.
`step on phrasal verb transitive
step on someone to treat someone badly, especially because they have less power or importance than you
,step `out phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) to leave a place for a short time:
I'm sorry, Karen just stepped out for a second.
2. ) step out with OLD-FASHIONED to go out on a DATE with someone
,step `up phrasal verb
1. ) transitive to increase something:
The president has stepped up the pressure on the groups to come to an agreement.
2. ) intransitive to move forward to a place where an official event is happening:
She stepped up to receive her prize.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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