Significado de “step” - Diccionario inglés

step en inglés británico

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stepverb [ I + adv/prep ]

uk /step/ us /step/ -pp-

B1 to move by lifting your foot and putting it down in a different place, or to put your foot on or in something:

She stepped backwards and fell over a chair.
They stepped out onto the balcony.
Be careful not to step in the mud.
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.
formal Step this way please, sir.

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stepnoun

uk /step/ us /step/

step noun (STAGE)

B2 [ C ] a stage in a process:

What's the next step in the process?
We must stay one step ahead of our competitors.
Most people believe that the decision to cut interest rates was a step in the right direction.
Let's take things a step/one step at a time (= slowly).
Following the success of our products in Europe, our logical next step is to move into the American market.

B2 [ C ] an action in a series of actions taken for a particular purpose:

The country is taking its first tentative steps towards democracy.
We need to take drastic steps to reduce pollution.
The president took the unusual step of altering his prepared speech in order to condemn the terrorist attack.
step by step

C1 dealing with one thing and then another thing in a fixed order:

step-by-step instructions
Don't worry - I'll go through the procedure with you step by step.

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step noun (STAIR)

B1 [ C ] one of the surfaces that you walk on when you go up or down stairs:

a flight of steps
We had to climb some steps to reach the front door.
I asked them to leave the parcel on the (front) step (= outside the door to the house).
Mind the step as you leave the train.
It's difficult for people in wheelchairs to negotiate (= move up and down) steps.
One of the steps on the ladder is broken.
steps [ plural ] UK

another word for stepladder :

kitchen steps
library steps

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step noun (FOOT MOVEMENT)

B1 [ C ] the act of lifting one foot and putting it down on a different part of the ground, such as when you walk or run:

Sophie took her first steps when she was eleven months old.
He rose to his feet and took a couple of steps towards her.
With every step, her feet hurt her more and more.
I retraced my steps, looking for my lost keys.
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[ C ] the distance you cover when you take a step:

I'd only gone a few steps when I realized I'd forgotten to lock the door.

[ U ] the way you move your feet when you are walking or running, which can sometimes show how you are feeling:

She walked out of the office with a spring in her step (= in a way that showed she was happy).
The driver told us to mind/watch our step (= walk carefully) as we got off the bus.

[ C ] a particular movement that you make with your feet when you dance:

She's teaching me some basic dance steps.
in step

When people walk in step, they lift their feet off the ground and put them down again at the same time:

The soldiers marched in step.

used to say that opinions, ideas, or ways of living that are the same as those of other people:

Television companies need to keep in step with public opinion.
out of step

When someone is out of step, they do not lift the same foot and put it down again at the same time as other people:

I'm no good at dancing - I always get completely out of step.

used to say that opinions, ideas, or ways of living that are different from those of other people:

The Republicans are out of step with the country, Williams said.
He thinks that everyone is out of step except him.

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step-prefix

uk /step-/ us /step-/

(Definición de step de Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

step en inglés americano

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step verb [ I always + adv/prep ] (MOVE FOOT)

to lift one foot and put it down in front of the other foot, as in walking or running:

He stepped to his left, picked up the ball, and threw.
We stepped carefully along the slippery path.

stepnoun [ C ]

us /step/

step noun [ C ] (STAGE)

a stage in a process:

The first step in fixing our house is to put on a new roof.
Let’s make these changes carefully, a step at a time.

step noun [ C ] (ACTION)

one action in a series, taken for a particular purpose:

As a first step, both sides agreed to a cease-fire.

step noun [ C ] (FLAT SURFACE)

a flat surface on which you put your foot when going up or down from one level to another:

Mom took a picture of us sitting on the front steps of the house.

step noun [ C ] (MUSIC)

also tone the largest difference in sound between two notes next to each other in a musical scale (= series of notes):

Tones in a scale are arranged in steps and half steps.

step noun [ C ] (MOVE FOOT)

the act of lifting one foot and putting it down in front of the other foot, as in walking or running:

He took a couple of steps into the room.

A step is the distance covered by one step:

I’d only gone about three steps before I fell.

A step is also the sound of making such a movement:

I heard my father’s step on the stairs.

A step is also a particular movement that you make with your feet when you dance:

I’ve finally learned some dance steps.
in step with someone

If you move in step with someone , you move your feet at the same time and in the same way:

Three angry women marched in step down the hall.

(Definición de step de Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

step en inglés de negocios

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stepverb [ I ]

uk /step/ us
step into the breach

to do someone else's work when they are unable to do it:

Bill's illness meant that Kathy had to step into the breach.
step on it informal

used to tell someone to drive faster or to hurry:

Could you step on it? I'm late.
If we want to get these orders out on time, we're going to have to step on it.
step out of line

to behave in a way that is unacceptable or not expected:

If he steps out of line, he could be fired.

stepnoun [ C ]

uk /step/ us

a stage in a process:

the first/next step What's the first step in the programme?
Following the success of our products in Europe, the logical next step is to move into the American market.
a step ahead/behind We have to stay a step ahead of our competitors.

an action taken for a particular purpose:

take steps to do sth We need to take drastic steps to reduce pollution.
in step

having opinions or ideas that are the same as those of other people:

keep/stay in step with sth/sb Television companies need to keep in step with public opinion.
out of step

having opinions or ideas that are different from those of other people:

out of step with sth/sb Our supervisor seems to be out of step with the rest of management.
a/one step at a time

slowly and carefully:

If we do this one step at a time we won't make any mistakes.
step by step

dealing with one thing and then another thing in a fixed order:

Don't worry - I'll go through the procedure with you step by step.
She gave me detailed step-by-step instructions.
a step forward/in the right direction

an improvement or positive development:

This may not be a complete solution, but it's a step forward.
Most people believe that the decision to cut interest rates was a step in the right direction.

(Definición de step de Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)