How to use
past tense and past participle
, present participle
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
step in/on etc
I accidentally stepped in a puddle.
You're stepping on my foot.
step on somebody's toes
to offend or upset someone, especially by trying to do their work
I'm not worried about stepping on anybody's toes.
step out of line
to behave badly by breaking rules or disobeying orders
step on it
step on the gas
to drive faster
➔ step into the breach
to leave your job or official position, because you want to or because you think you should
Morris should step aside until the investigation is completed.
step down as
Eve Johnson has stepped down as chairperson.
step down from
He was forced to step down from his post.
to come and offer help, information etc
Police are appealing for witnesses to step forward.
to become involved in an activity, discussion, or disagreement, sometimes in order to stop trouble
The military may step in if the crisis continues.
Parents have stepped in to provide homework help in the afternoon program.
step into something
to start doing something, or become involved in a situation
Sally stepped into the role of team leader.
to leave your home or office for a short time
She's just stepped out for a few minutes.
step something ↔
to increase the amount of an activity or the speed of a process in order to improve a situation
The health department is stepping up efforts to reduce teenage smoking.
stepped-up security at airports
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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