step2 W3 past tense and past participle stepped, present participle stepping [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
to raise one foot and put it down in front of or behind the other one in order to walk or move
step forward/back/down/into etc
He stepped back to let me through.
I stepped outside and closed the door.
Mr. Ives? Please step this way (=walk in the direction I am showing you).
to bring your foot down on something [= tread British English]
step in/on etc
I accidentally stepped in a puddle.
You're stepping on my foot.
to offend or upset someone, especially by trying to do their work:
I'm not worried about stepping on anybody's toes.
to behave badly by breaking rules or disobeying orders
5 also step on the gas American English spoken
to drive faster
➔ step into the breachat breach1 (7)
step downphrasal verb
step forwardphrasal verb
Police are appealing for witnesses to step forward.
step inphrasal verb
The military may step in if the crisis continues.
Parents have stepped in to provide homework help in the afternoon program.
step into somethingphrasal verb
Sally stepped into the role of team leader.
step outphrasal verb
She's just stepped out for a few minutes.
step something ↔ upphrasal verb
The health department is stepping up efforts to reduce teenage smoking.
stepped-up security at airports