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English definition of “step sth up”

step sth up

phrasal verb with step     /step/ verb [I + adv/prep] (-pp-)
to increase the size , amount , or speed of a process that is intended to achieve something: The police are stepping up their efforts to fight crime . Security has been stepped up at the airport .Increasing and intensifying
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