Meaning of “step up” in the English Dictionary

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"step up" in American English

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step up

phrasal verb with step us /step/ verb [ I always + adv/prep ] -pp-

(TAKE ACTION)

to take action when there is a need or opportunity for it:

Investors have to step up and assume more responsibility for their assets.

(Definition of “step up” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"step-up" in Business English

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step-upnoun [ S ]

uk us

a large increase:

a step-up in sth We have seen a step-up in profits

a rise to a higher level, rank, etc.:

This was the biggest step-up of his career.

(Definition of “step-up” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)