Step - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |step|  American pronunciation of the word step
Brit.  |step|  British pronunciation of the word step


- any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal(syn: measure)
- the distance covered by a step(syn: footstep, pace, stride)
- the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down
- support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway(syn: stair)
- relative position in a graded series(syn: gradation)
- a short distance
- the sound of a step of someone walking(syn: footfall, footstep)

▼ (4)


- shift or move by taking a step
- put down or press the foot, place the foot(syn: tread)
- cause (a computer) to execute a single command
- treat badly(syn: abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, mistreat)
- furnish with steps
- move with one's feet in a specific manner
- walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner

▼ (3)


She took one step forward.

The baby took her first steps today.

I heard steps on the stairs.

The edge of the cliff was only about three steps to my left.

The cottage is just steps from the beach.

He walks with a spring in his step.

She walked down the hall with a quick step.

A major step towards independence

We are taking steps to correct the situation.

She stepped onto the bus.

They stepped aside to let her pass.

Please step away from the door.

He stepped outside for a moment.

Step in my office for a minute.

Step aside, please, the firemen can't get through.

Phrasal verbs

step down  — give up or retire from a position
step forward  — make oneself visible; take action
step in  — get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force
step on  — place or press the foot on
step out  — go outside a room or building for a short period of time
step up  — increase in extent or intensity

Word forms

I/you/we/they: step
he/she/it: steps
present participle: stepping
past tense: stepped
past participle: stepped
singular: step
plural: steps
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