stepverb [ I + adv/prep ]uk /step/ us /step/ -pp-
They stepped out onto the balcony.
Ow, you stepped on my foot!
mainly US Sorry but Mr Taylor has just stepped (= gone) out for a few minutes, but I'll tell him you called.
- 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?
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
- 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)
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.
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