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Synonyms of step in English:

noun

  • 1 Frank took another step forward
  • 2 she heard Ellis's step on the stairs
  • 3 she left the room with a springy step
    gait, walk, way of walking, tread, bearing, carriage
  • 4 the market is only a step from the end of the pier
    short distance, stone's throw, spitting distance
    informal {a hop, skip, and a jump}
  • 5 Susan sat on the top step Maureen ran down the steps
    stair, tread, tread board;
    (steps)stairs, staircase, stairway;
    North American stoop
  • 6 there was a pint of milk on the step
  • 7 the steps of a ladder
    rung, tread
  • 8 calling in the bailiffs is a very serious step
    course of action, measure, move, act, action, procedure, proceeding, initiative;
    manoeuvre, tactic, strategy, stratagem, operation;
    Frenchdémarche
  • 9 a significant step towards a ceasefire
    advance, progression, development, step in the right direction, step forward, move, movement;
  • 10 the first step on the managerial ladder
    stage, level, grade, rank, degree;
    phase;
  • Phrases

    in step

    1
    he is utterly in step with mainstream American thinking
    [Antonyms] out of step
    in accord, in harmony, in agreement, in tune, in line, in keeping, in conformity, in accordance, in consensus, in consilience

    mind/watch one's step

    2
    be careful, take care, step carefully/cautiously, walk carefully/cautiously, tread carefully/cautiously, exercise care/caution, mind how one goes, look out, watch out, watch oneself, be wary, be circumspect, be chary, take heed, be attentive, be on one's guard, have/keep one's wits about one, be on the qui vive

    out of step

    3
    the paper was often out of step with public opinion
    [Antonyms] in step
    at odds, at variance, in disagreement, out of tune, out of line, not in keeping, out of harmony, at loggerheads, in opposition, at outs

    step by step

    4
    one step at a time, bit by bit, gradually, in stages, by degrees, slowly, steadily, slowly but surely
    rare gradatim

    take steps

    5
    the government must take steps to discourage age discrimination
    take action, take measures, act, take the initiative, move

    verb

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  • 1 she stepped off the gangway
    walk, move, tread, pace, stride
  • 2 the bull had stepped on his hat
    tread, stamp, trample, tramp;
    squash, crush, flatten
  • Phrases

    step down

    1
    [Antonyms] take up office
    resign, stand down, give up one's post/job, bow out;
    retire, abdicate
    informal quit, call it a day

    step in

    2
    intervene, intercede, become/get involved, act, take action, take measures, take a hand;
    mediate, arbitrate, intermediate

    step on it

    3
    informal
    hurry up, get a move on, speed up, go faster, be quick
    informal get cracking, get moving, step on the gas, rattle one's dags
    North American informal get a wiggle on
    South African informal put foot
    dated make haste

    step something up

    4
  • 1 the army stepped up its offensive in the north
    increase, intensify, strengthen, augment, escalate, scale up, boost
    informal up, crank up
  • 2 I stepped up my pace
    speed up, increase, accelerate, quicken, hasten
    [Antonyms] decrease
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