Meaning of “step” - Learner’s Dictionary

step

noun [ C ] us uk /step/
She took a couple of steps backwards.The video recorded the child's tentative first steps.The foal took a few faltering steps.Graham was asked to take a step forward.Her steps had begun to quicken.
MOVEMENT

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

She took / a few steps forward and then started to speak.
METHOD

B2 one of the things that you do to achieve something:

This meeting is the first step towards a peace agreement.
The company has taken steps to improve its customer service.
STAIR

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

in step (with sb/sth)

having the same ideas, opinions, etc as other people:

This time, Britain is in step with the rest of Europe.
out of step (with sb/sth)

having different ideas, opinions, etc from other people:

Her views are out of step with government policy.

(Definition of “step noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)