There are 2 translations of step in Spanish:

step1

Pronunciation: /step/

n

  • 1 (footstep, pace) paso (m) to take a step forward/to the right dar* un paso adelante/a la derecha a great step forward un gran paso adelante it was her first step on the road to success fue su primer paso hacia el éxito one step forward, two steps back [humorístico/humorous] un paso hacia adelante y dos hacia atrás(, como el cangrejo) I heard her steps in the corridor oí sus pasos or sus pisadas en el pasillo to follow in sb's steps seguir* los pasos de algn I'll be with you every step of the way estaré contigo en todo momento to be/keep one step ahead constant research keeps us one step ahead of our rivals la constante investigación nos mantiene en una situación de ventaja con respecto a la competencia they're one step ahead of us nos llevan cierta ventaja he tries to keep one step ahead of his students trata de que sus alumnos no lo aventajen to watch one's step (be cautious, behave well) andarse* con cuidado or con pie de plomo watch your step (when walking) mira por dónde caminas see also step-by-step
  • 2 2.1 c (of dance) paso (m) 2.2 u (in marching, walking) paso (m) to be in step llevar el paso (in dancing) llevar el compás or el ritmo to be out of step no llevar el paso (in dancing) ir* desacompasado, no llevar el compás or el ritmo to break step romper* el paso she fell into step beside me acomodó su paso al mío in/out of step with sb/sth the leaders are out of step with the wishes of the majority los líderes no sintonizan con los deseos de la mayoría she's always managed to keep in step with public opinion siempre ha logrado mantenerse en sintonía con la opinión pública
  • 3 (distance) the beach is only a step away la playa está a un paso it's a fair step from here to the station hay un buen trecho hasta la estación this brings war one step nearer esto significa un paso más hacia un conflicto bélico from here it's a short step to total ruin de aquí a la ruina absoluta solo hay un paso
  • 4 (move) paso (m); (measure) medida (f) a step in the right direction un paso hacia adelante the next step is to inform the police el próximo paso es informar a la policía to take legal steps recurrir a la justicia to take steps (to + inf) tomar medidas (para + inf) they are taking steps to remedy the situation están tomando medidas para remediar la situación, están tomando medidas encaminadas a remediar la situación
  • 5 5.1 (on stair) escalón (m), peldaño (m); (on ladder) travesaño (m), escalón (m) mind the step cuidado con el escalón the church/museum steps la escalinata or las escaleras de la iglesia/del museo the altar steps las gradas del altar a flight of steps un tramo (m) de escalera he left the parcel on the step dejó el paquete en la puerta 5.2
    (steps pl)
    (BrE) (stepladder) escalera (f) (de mano or de tijera)
  • 6 6.1 (degree in scale) peldaño (m), escalón (m) she's moved up a step in the salary scale ha ascendido un peldaño en la escala salarial his new post is a step up the ladder from supervisor su nuevo puesto está inmediatamente por encima del de supervisor that would be a step up in her career eso significaría un ascenso para ella 6.2 (AmE) [Mus] whole step tono (m) half step semitono (m)

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There are 2 translations of step in Spanish:

step2

vi (-pp-)

  • 1.1 (move) (+ adv compl) would you step inside/outside for a moment? ¿quiere pasar or entrar/salir un momento? to step off a plane bajarse de un avión from the moment he stepped onto the stage desde el momento que puso pie en or pisó el escenario he could have stepped straight out of a story book parecía sacado or salido de un libro de cuentos she stepped over the threshold atravesó el umbral 1.2 (tread) pisar to step in/on sth pisar algo I stepped in a puddle pisé un charco he steped on a mine pisó una mina sorry, I stepped on your toe perdón, te pisé to step on it o on the gas [colloquial/familiar] darse* prisa, apurarse (AmL) , meterle (AmL) [familiar/colloquial]

Phrasal verbs

step aside

v + adv
(move aside) hacerse* a un lado, apartarse; (resign, go) renunciar, dimitir

step back

v + adv
(move back) dar* un paso atrás, retroceder (become detached) to step back (from sth) distanciarse (de algo) try to step back from the situation trata de distanciarte un poco de la situación, trata de ver la situación con cierta perspectiva

step down

v + adv
1.1 (get down) bajar 1.2 (resign) renunciar, dimitir, dejar su ( or mi etc) puesto

step forward

v + adv
(move forward) dar* un paso adelante; (present oneself) ofrecerse* when they asked for volunteers, I stepped forward cuando pidieron voluntarios, yo me ofrecí

step in

v + adv
(intervene) intervenir*, tomar cartas en el asunto

step off

v + adv
[Mil] empezar* a marchar see also step2 1

step out

v + adv
1.1 (walk quickly) apretar* el paso 1.2 (be courting) [dated] to step out with sb hacer(le)* la corte a algn [anticuado/dated] 1.3 (be unfaithful to) (AmE) to step out on sb engañar a algn see also step2 1

step up

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
(increase) [exports/power/volume] aumentar; [attacks] redoblar, aumentar la frecuencia de; [production/campaign] intensificar*

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A gitano is a member of Spain's gypsy community. Gypsies often live in camps and retain their nomadic habits. They have preserved many of their customs and do not usually integrate into the mainstream of Spanish society. Their language is caló. Gypsies have been a great influence on flamenco, and many of the best performers are gypsies.