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noun step pronunciation in American English /step/
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  1. 1
    [countable] 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.
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    1. a.
      the sound that your feet make while you are walking
      I could hear his steps coming closer.
    2. b.
      the short distance that your feet move while you are walking
      The mini-market is just a few steps from my front door.
  2. 2
    [countable] a particular movement or set of movements performed with your feet when you are dancing
    dance step: Juan was practicing his new dance steps for the competition.
  3. 3
    [singular] the particular way that 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.
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  4. 4
    [countable] one of a series of actions that 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.
    See also right2
  5. 5
    [countable] 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
  6. 6
    [countable] 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/one step ahead of someone: She was congratulating herself on her intelligence, but he was one step ahead of her.
    repeat a step: When you finish the exercise, repeat steps five to ten.
  7. 8
    [countable/uncountable] a type of exercise that you do by quickly moving onto and off a low piece of equipment
    She teaches a step class.

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