Definition of step in in English:

step in

1Become involved in a difficult situation, especially in order to help: palace officials asked the government to step in
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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.
Synonyms
intervene, intercede, become/get involved, act, take action, take measures, take a hand; mediate, arbitrate, intermediate
1.1Act as a substitute for someone: Lucy stepped in at very short notice to take Joan’s place
More example sentences
  • 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.
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