[step] noun [C] I
1) a movement made by putting one foot in front of the other, or the sound that your feet make while you are walking
I could hear the steps coming closer.[/ex]
The postbox is just a few steps from my front door.[/ex]
Tom took a step backwards.[/ex]
2) one of a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a particular aim
The government must take steps to control inflation.[/ex]
This agreement is an important step towards our goal.[/ex]
This new law is the first step in making our city safer.[/ex]
It's not the best deal for staff, but it's a step in the right direction.[/ex]
The new microchip is a major step forward (= improvement) in computer technology.[/ex]
3) a flat surface, usually one in a series, that you walk up or down in order to move to a different level
I met him on the front steps of the bank.[/ex]
I climbed a flight of steep steps (= a set of steps).[/ex]
4) one of the stages in a process
When you finish the exercise, repeat steps five to ten.[/ex]
Her new job is a big step up for her.[/ex]
Don't worry, we'll take things one step at a time (= gradually).[/ex]
She was congratulating herself on her cleverness, but he was one step ahead of her.[/ex]
5) a particular movement or set of movements that you make with your feet while dancing
Juan was practising his new dance steps.[/ex]
in step — 1) if people walk in step, each person moves their feet at exactly the same time as the others; 2) if people or things are in step, they agree or move at the same rate[/ex]
Prices usually keep in step with inflation.[/ex]
out of step — if people or things are out of step, they do not agree or move at the same rate[/ex]
verb [I]
step */*/[step]
1) to move somewhere by putting one foot down in front of the other
I stepped onto the platform and started to speak.[/ex]
2) to move or walk a short distance
Please step outside and wait for a moment.[/ex]
- step aside
- step down
- step forward
- step in
- step sth up

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