stepverb [ I + adv/prep ]uk /step/ us /step/ -pp-
They stepped out onto the balcony.
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.
step noun (STAGE)
What's the next step in the process?
step by step
- This new drug could be an important step in the fight against cancer.
- The first step in empowering the poorest sections of society is making sure they vote.
- The recent free elections mark the next step in the country's progress towards democracy.
- It's a big step, leaving your parents and going off to university.
- So what's the next step? How do we progress the situation?
step noun (STAIR)
a flight of steps
step noun (FOOT MOVEMENT)
out of step
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