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"step" in American English

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stepverb [I always + adv/prep]

 us   /step/ (-pp-)
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 ​slipperypath.

stepnoun [C]

 us   /step/
  • step noun [C] (STAGE)

a ​stage in a ​process: The first step in ​fixingourhouse is to put on a new ​roof. Let’s make these ​changescarefully, a step at a ​time.
  • step noun [C] (ACTION)

one ​action in a ​series, taken for a ​particularpurpose: As a first step, both ​sidesagreed to a cease-fire.
  • step noun [C] (FLAT SURFACE)

a ​flatsurface on which you put ​yourfoot 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 ​largestdifference in ​sound between two ​notes next to each other in a ​musicalscale (= ​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 ​distancecovered 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 ​particularmovement that you make with ​yourfeet when you ​dance: I’ve ​finallylearned some ​dance steps.
in step with someone
If you move in step with someone , you move ​yourfeet at the same ​time and in the same way: Three ​angry women ​marched in step down the ​hall.
(Definition of step from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"step" in British English

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stepverb [I + adv/prep]

uk   /step/  us   /step/ (-pp-)
B1 to ​move by ​liftingyourfoot and putting it down in a different ​place, or to put ​yourfoot 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 ​ourcompetitors. Most ​peoplebelieve that the ​decision to ​cutinterestrates was a step in the ​rightdirection. Let's take things a step/one step at a ​time (= ​slowly). Following the ​success of ​ourproducts in ​Europe, ​ourlogical next step is to ​move into the American ​market.
B2 [C] an ​action in a ​series of ​actions taken for a ​particularpurpose: The ​country is takingits first ​tentative steps towards ​democracy. We need to takedrastic steps toreducepollution. The ​president took the ​unusual step ofaltering his ​preparedspeech in ​order to ​condemn the ​terroristattack.
step by step
C1 dealing with one thing and then another thing in a ​fixedorder: 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 ​frontdoor. 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 ​monthsold. He ​rose to his ​feet and took a ​couple of steps towards her. With every step, her ​feethurt her more and more. I retraced my steps, ​looking for my ​lostkeys.
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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 ​moveyourfeet 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/​watchour step (= ​walkcarefully) as we got off the ​bus.
[C] a ​particularmovement that you make with ​yourfeet when you ​dance: She's ​teaching me some ​basic dance steps.
in step
When ​peoplewalk in step, they ​lifttheirfeet off the ​ground and put them down again at the same ​time: The ​soldiersmarched 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 withpublicopinion.
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-/
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"step" in Business English

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stepverb [I]

uk   us   /step/
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   us   /step/
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 ​reducepollution.
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 ​publicopinion.
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 ​fixedorder: 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 ​positivedevelopment: This may not be a complete ​solution, but it's a step ​forward. Most ​people believe that the decision to ​cutinterestrates was a step in the ​right direction.
(Definition of step from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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