Synonyms of step in English:



  • 1 Frank took a step forward
    pace, stride
  • 3 she left the room with a springy step
    gait, walk, tread
  • 4 it is only a step to the river
    short distance, stone's throw, spitting distance
    informal 'a hop, skip, and jump'
  • 6 each step of the ladder
    rung, tread
  • 8 a significant step toward a ceasefire
    advance, development, move, movement; breakthrough


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  • 1 she stepped gingerly through the snow
    walk, move, tread, pace, stride
  • 2 the bull stepped on the farmer's foot
    tread on, stamp on, trample (on); squash, crush, flatten


in step

he is in step with mainstream thinking in accordin accordancein harmonyin agreementin tunein linein keepingin conformitycompatible

mind/watch one's step

just watch your step when Mrs. Kline gets here be carefultake carestep/tread carefullyexercise care/cautionmind how one goeslook outwatch outbe warybe on one's guardbe on the qui vive

out of step

the paper was often out of step with public opinion at oddsat variancein disagreementout of tuneout of linenot in keepingout of harmony

step by step

I followed the directions step by step one step at a timebit by bitgraduallyin stagesby degreesslowlysteadily

step down

it's time for Rowland to step down resignquitstand downgive up one's post/jobbow outabdicatepack it incall it quits

step in

  • 1.1 nobody stepped in to save the bank
    intervene, intercede, involve oneself, become/get involved, take a hand
  • 2.1 I stepped in for a sick colleague
    stand in, sit in, fill in, cover, substitute, take over; replace, take someone's place
    informal sub

step on it

informal if we don't step on it we'll miss the boat hurry upget a move onspeed upgo fasterbe quick informalget crackingget movingstep on the gas datedmake haste

step up

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