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Synonyms of step in English:


  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Phrases

    in step

    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

    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

    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

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

    take steps

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


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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

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

    step in

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

    step on it

    hurry up, get a move on, speed up, go faster, be quick
    informalget cracking, get moving, step on the gas, rattle one's dags
    North American informalget a wiggle on
    South African informalput foot

    step something up

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