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"stepping stone" in British English

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stepping stonenoun

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  • stepping stone noun (STONE)

[C] one of a ​row of ​large, ​flatstones on which you can ​walk in ​order to ​cross a ​stream or ​river that is not ​deep
  • stepping stone noun (STAGE)

[S] an ​event or ​experience that ​helps you ​achieve something ​else: I ​see this ​job just as a ​steppingstone tobetter things.
(Definition of stepping stone from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stepping stone" in American English

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stepping stonenoun [C]

 us   /ˈstep·ɪŋˌstoʊn/
something that ​helps someone ​advance or ​achieve something: I ​hope this ​job will be a stepping stone to something ​better. A stepping stone is also a stone that you ​step on to cross a ​stream or ​wetarea: Flat stepping stones crossed the ​stream.
(Definition of stepping stone from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"stepping stone" in Business English

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stepping stonenoun [S]

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an ​event or ​experience that helps you ​achieve something new: a stepping stone to sth This ​job is a stepping stone to better things.
(Definition of stepping stone from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “stepping stone”
in Chinese (Simplified) 石头, (溪流或河流中的)踏脚石,垫脚石…
in Chinese (Traditional) 石頭, (溪流或河流中的)踏腳石,墊腳石…
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