Definition of step in in English:

step in

  • 1Become involved in a difficult or problematic situation, especially in order to help or prevent something from happening.
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    • It really is time that city hall stepped in to try and salvage the situation!
    • By Saturday of last week local African Caribbean churches had stepped in to try to calm the situation down.
    • A while ago I was involved in an incident where I stepped in to help someone who was being spat at by a racist.
    intervene, intercede, involve oneself, become/get involved, take a hand
  • 1.1Act as a substitute for someone: Lucy stepped in at very short notice to take Joan’s place
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    • Neither bothered to turn up and the business editor stepped in to do an admirable job as a late substitute.
    • Blindside flanker Jim Nicholson is out through injury, so natural replacement Duncan Phillips steps in.
    stand in, sit in, fill in, cover, substitute, take over; replace, take someone's place
    informal sub
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