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Meaning & Definition of Step in English

English

Step

/stɛp/

noun

1. Any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal

  • "The situation called for strong measures"
  • "The police took steps to reduce crime"
    synonym:
  • measure
  • ,
  • step

2. The distance covered by a step

  • "He stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"
    synonym:
  • footstep
  • ,
  • pace
  • ,
  • step
  • ,
  • stride

3. The act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down

  • "He walked with unsteady steps"
    synonym:
  • step

4. Support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway

  • "He paused on the bottom step"
    synonym:
  • step
  • ,
  • stair

5. Relative position in a graded series

  • "Always a step behind"
  • "Subtle gradations in color"
  • "Keep in step with the fashions"
    synonym:
  • gradation
  • ,
  • step

6. A short distance

  • "It's only a step to the drugstore"
    synonym:
  • step
  • ,
  • stone's throw

7. The sound of a step of someone walking

  • "He heard footsteps on the porch"
    synonym:
  • footfall
  • ,
  • footstep
  • ,
  • step

8. A musical interval of two semitones

    synonym:
  • tone
  • ,
  • whole tone
  • ,
  • step
  • ,
  • whole step

9. A mark of a foot or shoe on a surface

  • "The police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window"
    synonym:
  • footprint
  • ,
  • footmark
  • ,
  • step

10. A solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed

    synonym:
  • step

11. A sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance

  • "He taught them the waltz step"
    synonym:
  • dance step
  • ,
  • step

verb

1. Shift or move by taking a step

  • "Step back"
    synonym:
  • step

2. Put down or press the foot, place the foot

  • "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"
  • "Step on the brake"
    synonym:
  • step
  • ,
  • tread

3. Cause (a computer) to execute a single command

    synonym:
  • step

4. Treat badly

  • "This boss abuses his workers"
  • "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
    synonym:
  • mistreat
  • ,
  • maltreat
  • ,
  • abuse
  • ,
  • ill-use
  • ,
  • step
  • ,
  • ill-treat

5. Furnish with steps

  • "The architect wants to step the terrace"
    synonym:
  • step

6. Move with one's feet in a specific manner

  • "Step lively"
    synonym:
  • step

7. Walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner

  • "Step over to the blackboard"
    synonym:
  • step

8. Place (a ship's mast) in its step

    synonym:
  • step

9. Measure (distances) by pacing

  • "Step off ten yards"
    synonym:
  • pace
  • ,
  • step

10. Move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation

  • "She stepped into a life of luxury"
  • "He won't step into his father's footsteps"
    synonym:
  • step

Examples of using

Mind the step!
In conclusion, the next step is to decide what we should do for the next step.
In this forest at every step we may face the most terrible perils that you can ever imagine. So let's go ahead.