step up - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theystep up
he/she/itsteps up
present participlestepping up
past tensestepped up
past participlestepped up
  1. 1
    [transitive] to increase something

    The president has stepped up the pressure on the groups to come to an agreement.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move forwards to a place where an official event is happening

    She stepped up to receive her prize.

See also main entry: step