Meaning of “stepping stone” in the English Dictionary

(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 wet area:

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 ]

uk us

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)