Translation of "step" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /step/ us /step/

B1 one of the movements you make with your feet when you walk

She took a few steps forward.

B1 one of the surfaces that you walk on when you go up or down stairs


one of the things that you do to achieve something

This meeting is the first step towards a peace agreement.
be one step ahead (of someone)

to have done something before someone else

llevar la delantera (a alguien)
watch your step

to be careful about what you say and do

ir con cuidado
verb uk /step/ us /step/ present participle stepping, past tense and past participle stepped

B1 to move somewhere by lifting your foot and putting it down in a different place

dar un paso
She stepped carefully over the dog.
Please step forward.
step on/in something

B1 to put your foot on or in something

pisar algo
I accidentally stepped on her foot.
Don’t step in the puddles!

(Translation of “step” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


noun /step/

one movement of the foot in walking, running, dancing etc

He took a step forward
walking with hurried steps.

the distance covered by this

He moved a step or two nearer
The restaurant is only a step (= a short distance) away.

the sound made by someone walking etc

I heard (foot) steps.

a particular movement with the feet, eg in dancing

The dance has some complicated steps.

a flat surface, or one flat surface in a series, eg on a stair or stepladder, on which to place the feet or foot in moving up or down

A flight of steps led down to the cellar
Mind the step!
She was sitting on the doorstep.

a stage in progress, development etc

Mankind made a big step forward with the invention of the wheel
His present job is a step up from his previous one.

an action or move (towards accomplishing an aim etc)

That would be a foolish/sensible step to take
I shall take steps to prevent this happening again.
steps noun plural

a stepladder.

stepladder noun

a ladder with a hinged support at the back and flat steps, not rungs.

stepping-stones noun plural

large stones placed in a shallow stream etc, on which a person can step when crossing.

camino de piedras
in/out of step

(of two or more people walking together) with, without the same foot going forward at the same time

al mismo ritmo, paso
The soldiers were marching in step
Keep in step!
He got out of step.
step aside phrasal verb

to move to one side

quitarse del medio; moverse
He stepped aside to let me pass.
step by step


paso a paso
He improved step by step.
step in phrasal verb

to intervene

The children began to quarrel, and I thought it was time I stepped in.
step out phrasal verb

to walk with a long(er) and (more) energetic stride.

dar largas zancadas
step up phrasal verb

to increase

The firm must step up production.
watch one’s step

to be careful, especially over one’s own behaviour/behavior

ir con pies de plomo
You’d better watch your step when the boss is in the office.

(Translation of “step” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)