Meaning of STEP in English

STEP

/ step; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

MOVEMENT / SOUND

1.

[ C ] the act of lifting your foot and putting it down in order to walk or move somewhere; the sound this makes :

a baby's first steps

He took a step towards the door.

We heard steps outside.

—see also footstep , goose-step

WAY OF WALKING

2.

[ C , usually sing. ] the way that sb walks :

He walked with a quick light step.

DISTANCE

3.

[ C ] the distance that you cover when you take a step :

It's only a few steps further.

He turned around and retraced his steps (= went back the way he had come) .

She moved a step closer to me.

The hotel is only a short step from the beach.

IN SERIES / PROCESS

4.

[ C ] one of a series of things that you do in order to achieve sth :

This was a first step towards a united Europe.

It's a big step giving up your job and moving halfway across the world.

We are taking steps to prevent pollution.

This won't solve the problem but it's a step in the right direction .

The new drug is a major step forward in the treatment of the disease.

5.

[ C ] one of a series of things that sb does or that happen, which forms part of a process

SYN stage :

Having completed the first stage, you can move on to step 2.

I'd like to take this idea a step further .

This was a big step up (= to a better position) in his career.

I'll explain it to you step by step .

a step-by-step guide to building your own home

STAIR

6.

[ C ] a surface that you put your foot on in order to walk to a higher or lower level, especially one of a series :

She was sitting on the bottom step of the staircase.

We walked down some stone steps to the beach.

A short flight of steps led up to the door.

—picture at stepladder

—see also doorstep

IN DANCE

7.

[ C , usually pl. ] a series of movements that you make with your feet and which form a dance

—see also quickstep

EXERCISE

8.

[ U ] (often in compounds) a type of exercise that you do by stepping on and off a raised piece of equipment :

step aerobics

a step class

LADDER

9.

steps [ pl. ] ( BrE ) a stepladder :

a pair of steps

We need the steps to get into the attic.

IN MUSIC

10.

[ C ] ( NAmE ) the interval between two notes that are next to each other in a scale

—compare tone (7), semitone

IDIOMS

- break step

- fall into step (beside / with sb)

- in / out of step (with sb/sth)

- mind / watch your step

- one step forward, two steps back

- a / one step ahead (of sb/sth)

- a / one step at a time

■ verb

( -pp- ) [ v + adv. / prep. ] to lift your foot and move it in a particular direction or put it on or in sth; to move a short distance :

to step onto / off a bus

I stepped forward when my name was called out.

She stepped aside to let them pass.

We stepped carefully over the broken glass.

I turned around quickly and stepped on his toes.

( figurative )

Going into the hotel is like stepping back in time.

IDIOMS

- step into the breach

- step into sb's shoes

- step on it

- step on sb's toes

- step out of line | be / get out of line

PHRASAL VERBS

- step aside / down

- step back (from sth)

- step forward

- step in

- step out

- step up

- step sth up

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English stæpe , stepe (noun), stæppan , steppan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch steppen and German stapfen .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.