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verb [intransitive]     step pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlestepping
past tensestepped
past participlestepped
  1. 1
    to move by putting one foot down in front of or behind the other
    step back/down/into etc.:

    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. 2
    to move or walk a short distance
    step into/away from/up to/over etc.:

    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.

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    step it/things up to start to do something more intensely or more seriously

    I decided to step it up a bit and over the course of a month create a whole new outfit from my wardrobe without buying anything new.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/08/2014


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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