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verb [intransitive] British English pronunciation: step /step/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theystep
he/she/itsteps
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 onto 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.

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