stepverb [ I + adv/prep ]uk /step/ us /step/ -pp-
They stepped out onto the balcony. 他們走出房間，來到陽臺上。
Ow, you stepped on my foot! 噢，你踩到我的腳！
mainly US Sorry but Mr Taylor has just stepped (= gone) out for a few minutes, but I'll tell him you called. 很抱歉，泰勒先生剛剛出去幾分鐘，我會告訴他你來過電話。
- I stepped on a nail sticking out of the floorboards.
- I slipped as I stepped onto the platform.
- When it was his turn to dive, he gulped and stepped up onto the diving board.
- He stepped out into the night and the whirling snow.
- I stepped out of the building and immediately a bullet whistled past my head.
step noun (STAGE)
What's the next step in the process? 這個企劃的下一步是甚麼？
Most people believe that the decision to cut interest rates was a step in the right direction. 大多數人相信降低利率是朝正確方向邁出的一步。
step by step
- This new drug could be an important step in the fight against cancer.
- The first step in empowering the poorest sections of society is making sure they vote.
- The recent free elections mark the next step in the country's progress towards democracy.
- It's a big step, leaving your parents and going off to university.
- So what's the next step? How do we progress the situation?
step noun (STAIR)
a flight of steps 一段台階
I asked them to leave the parcel on the (front) step (= outside the door to the house). 我叫他們把包裹放在門口。
steps [ plural ] UK
- She clung to the handrail as she walked down the slippery steps.
- He dislocated his knee falling down some steps.
- I can't face walking up all those steps again.
- There's a long flight of steps ascending to the cathedral doors.
- She can't walk up all those steps, not with her bad leg!
step noun (FOOT MOVEMENT)
She walked out of the office with a spring in her step (= in a way that showed she was happy). 她邁著輕快的步伐走出辦公室。
out of step
- He took a step backwards to allow her to pass.
- She took a few faltering steps.
- He took short mincing steps.
- She walked slowly with tottering steps.
- Take a couple of steps forwards.