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  1. step
    IPA[step]
  2. noun

    • 1. an act or movement of putting one leg in front of the other in walking or running:

      Ron took a step back she turned and retraced her steps
    • 2. the distance covered by a step:

      Richard came a couple of steps nearer
    • 3. a person's particular way of walking:

      she left the room with a springy step
      Synonym : gait, walk, way of walking, tread, bearing, carriage
    • 4. one of the sequences of movement of the feet that make up a dance.

    • 5. a short or easily walked distance:

      the market is only a short step from the end of the lake
      Synonym : short distance, stone's throw, spitting distance, a hop, skip, and a jump
    • 6. a flat surface, especially one in a series, on which to place one's foot when moving from one level to another:

      the bottom step of the staircase a flight of marble steps
      Synonym : stair, tread, tread board, stairs, staircase, stairway, stoop
    • 7. a doorstep:

      there was a pint of milk on the step
      Synonym : doorstep, sill
    • 8. a rung of a ladder.

      Synonym : rung, tread
    • 9. a stepladder:

      the steps are in the outhouse
    • 10. step aerobics:

      a step class
    • 11. a foothold cut in a slope of ice.

    • 12. a measure or action, especially one of a series taken in order to deal with or achieve a particular thing:

      the government must take steps to discourage age discrimination a major step forward in the fight for justice
      Synonym : course of action, measure, move, act, action, procedure, proceeding, initiative, maneuver, tactic, strategy, stratagem, operation, démarche
    • 13. a stage in a gradual process:

      sales are up, which is a step in the right direction
      Synonym : advance, progression, development, step in the right direction, step forward, move, movement, breakthrough
    • 14. a particular position or grade on an ascending or hierarchical scale:

      the first step on the managerial ladder
    • 15. an interval in a scale; a tone (whole step) or semitone (half step).

    • 16. an abrupt change in the value of a quantity, especially voltage.

    • 17. a block, typically fixed to the vessel's keel, on which the base of a mast is seated.

    verb

    • 1. lift and set down one's foot or one foot after the other in order to walk somewhere or move to a new position:

      Claudia tried to step back I accidentally stepped on his foot
    • 2. used as a polite or deferential way of asking someone to walk a short distance for a particular purpose:

      please step this way
    • 3. perform a dance:

      they stepped it down the room between the lines of dancers
    • 4. take a particular course of action:

      young men have temporarily stepped out of the labor market
    • 5. set up (a mast) in its step.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: step, plural noun: steps

    • v.: verb: step, 3rd person present: steps, gerund or present participle: stepping, past tense: stepped, past participle: stepped

    • combining form

      denoting a relationship resulting from a remarriage:
    • noun

      an act or movement of putting one leg in front of the other in walking or running:

      the distance covered by a step:

    • verb

      lift and set down one's foot or one foot after the other in order to walk somewhere or move to a new position:

      used as a polite or deferential way of asking someone to walk a short distance for a particular purpose:

    • combining form

      denoting a relationship resulting from a remarriage:
    • adjective

      having or formed into a step or series of steps:

      carried out or occurring in stages or with pauses rather than continuously:

    • adjective

      having or formed into a step or series of steps:

      carried out or occurring in stages or with pauses rather than continuously:

    • leave a room or building for a short time

      go out to have a good time

    • adjective

      denoting or relating to a process of recovery from addiction by following a twelve-stage program, especially one modeled on that of Alcoholics Anonymous.
    • verb

      (of an addict) undergo a twelve-step program:

      try to persuade (an addict) to undergo a twelve-step program:

    • adjective

      denoting a garment or pair of shoes that is put on by being stepped into and has no need for fasteners:
    • noun

      a pair of step-in shoes; slip-ons.

      a pair of women's panties:

    • noun

      a military marching step in which the legs are not bent at the knee.
    • verb

      march with a goose step:
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