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step

verb [I always + adv/prep]  /step/ (-pp-) us  

step verb [I always + adv/prep] (MOVE FOOT)

to lift one foot and put it down in front of the other foot, as in walking or running: He stepped to his left, picked up the ball, and threw. We stepped carefully along the slippery path.

step

noun [C]  /step/ us  

step noun [C] (STAGE)

a stage in a process: The first step in fixing our house is to put on a new roof. Let’s make these changes carefully, a step at a time.

step noun [C] (ACTION)

one action in a series, taken for a particular purpose: As a first step, both sides agreed to a cease-fire.

step noun [C] (FLAT SURFACE)

a flat surface on which you put your foot when going up or down from one level to another: Mom took a picture of us sitting on the front steps of the house.

step noun [C] (MUSIC)

( also tone) the largest difference in sound between two notes next to each other in a musical scale (= series of notes): Tones in a scale are arranged in steps and half steps.

step noun [C] (MOVE FOOT)

the act of lifting one foot and putting it down in front of the other foot, as in walking or running: He took a couple of steps into the room. A step is the distance covered by one step: I’d only gone about three steps before I fell. A step is also the sound of making such a movement: I heard my father’s step on the stairs. A step is also a particular movement that you make with your feet when you dance: I’ve finally learned some dance steps.in step with someone If you move in step with someone , you move your feet at the same time and in the same way: Three angry women marched in step down the hall.
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