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Synonyms of step in English:


  • 1 Frank took a step forward
    pace, stride
  • 2 she heard a step on the stairs
  • 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'
  • 5 the top step
    stair, tread;
  • 6 each step of the ladder
    rung, tread
  • 7 resigning is a very serious step
    course of action, measure, move, act, action, initiative, maneuver, operation, tactic
  • 8 a significant step toward a ceasefire
    advance, development, move, movement;
  • 9 the first step on the managerial ladder
    stage, level, grade, rank, degree;
  • verb

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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
  • Phrases

    in step

    he is in step with mainstream thinking
    in accord, in accordance, in harmony, in agreement, in tune, in line, in keeping, in conformity, compatible

    mind/watch one's step

    just watch your step when Mrs. Kline gets here
    be careful, take care, step/tread carefully, exercise care/caution, mind how one goes, look out, watch out, be wary, be on one's guard, be on the qui vive

    out of step

    the paper was often out of step with public opinion
    at odds, at variance, in disagreement, out of tune, out of line, not in keeping, out of harmony

    step by step

    I followed the directions step by step
    one step at a time, bit by bit, gradually, in stages, by degrees, slowly, steadily

    step down

    it's time for Rowland to step down
    resign, quit, stand down, give up one's post/job, bow out, abdicate;
    pack it in, call 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
  • step on it

    informal if we don't step on it we'll miss the boat
    hurry up, get a move on, speed up, go faster, be quick
    informalget cracking, get moving, step on the gas

    step up

  • 1.1 the army stepped up its offensive
    increase, intensify, strengthen, augment, escalate
    informalup, crank up
  • 2.1 I stepped up my pace
    speed up, increase, accelerate, quicken, hasten
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