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English definition of “step in”

step in

phrasal verb with step     /step/ verb [I + adv/prep] (-pp-)
to become involved in a difficult situation or argument in order to help find a solution : [+ to infinitive] An outside buyer has stepped in to save the company from going out of business . When the leading actress broke her leg , Isobel stepped in and took over.Taking part and getting involvedGetting involved for one's own benefit or against others' will
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