Translation of step in Spanish:
- 1 (footstep, pace) to take a step forward/to the righta great step forwarddar un paso adelante/a la derechait was her first step on the road to successun gran paso adelanteone step forward, two steps back [humorous]fue su primer paso hacia el éxitoI heard her steps in the corridorun paso hacia adelante y dos hacia atrás(, como el cangrejo)to follow in somebody's stepsoí sus pasos or sus pisadas en el pasilloI'll be with you every step of the wayseguir los pasos de alguiento be/keep one step aheadconstant research keeps us one step ahead of our rivalsestaré contigo en todo momentothey're one step ahead of usla constante investigación nos mantiene en una situación de ventaja con respecto a la competenciahe tries to keep one step ahead of his studentsnos llevan cierta ventajato watch one's step (be cautious, behave well)trata de que sus alumnos no lo aventajenwatch your step (when walking)andarse con cuidado or con pie de plomosee also → step by stepmira por dónde caminasExample sentences
- He then proceeded taking the few steps towards the massive front doors of the palace, which slowly opened, as he got nearer.
- May took her arm, and they began to walk with small steps towards the exit.
- He took a slow step backward, and then fell flat onto his back.
- 2 2.1 countable (of dance) 2.2 uncountable (in marching, walking) to be in step(in dancing)to be out of stepllevar el compás or el ritmono llevar el paso(in dancing)to break stepir desacompasadono llevar el compás or el ritmoshe fell into step beside meromper el pasoin/out of step with somebody/somethingthe leaders are out of step with the wishes of the majorityacomodó su paso al míoshe's always managed to keep in step with public opinionlos líderes no sintonizan con los deseos de la mayoríasiempre ha logrado mantenerse en sintonía con la opinión públicaExample sentences
- After that, they chose and combined the movements with modern dance steps.
- She has even mastered some ballroom dance steps, which form part of the choreographed routines for the show.
- While Williams made her way brilliantly through its forest of steps, the dance was more demanding than affecting.
- 3 (distance) See examples: the beach is only a step awayit's a fair step from here to the stationla playa está a un pasothis brings war one step nearerhay un buen trecho hasta la estaciónfrom here it's a short step to total ruinesto significa un paso más hacia un conflicto bélicode aquí a la ruina absoluta solo hay un paso
- 4(move)(measure)a step in the right directionthe next step is to inform the policeun paso hacia adelanteto take legal stepsel próximo paso es informar a la policíato take steps (to +recurrir a la justicia
infinitive) they are taking steps to remedy the situationestán tomando medidas para remediar la situaciónestán tomando medidas encaminadas a remediar la situaciónExample sentences
- The next step is to add milk but milk is dangerous and the date stamps are often confusing.
- My plan was moving a little quicker than anticipated so I decided to take things slow after the next step.
- Once you have identified slow code, the next step is to address those issues.
- 5 5.1 mind the stepthe church/museum stepscuidado con el escalónthe altar stepsla escalinata or las escaleras de la iglesia/del museoa flight of stepslas gradas del altarhe left the parcel on the stepun tramo (masculine) de escalera5.2dejó el paquete en la puertaalso: steps plural(British English) (stepladder)or de tijera)Example sentences
- He raced to the home of Mrs Caulfield's sister where he also found Mr Caulfield collapsed under a pair of steps.
- He listed a couple of folding camp chairs, a pair of steps, and a number of coats hanging up.
- The first thing we both did when we got back was make a beeline for the staircase, each of us putting a foot on the bottom step at the same time.
- Wendy saw Dr. Maddox out of the corner of her eye at the bottom step of a stairway leading to a second floor.
- Cut into the granite is a steep, gradually narrowing staircase, with some steps almost one foot high.
- She screeched as she held on to one of the steps of the steel ladder.
- I climbed down the steps of my ladder after shoving my new diary under my mattress.
- He jumps down, missing the last three steps of the ladder and landing right behind her.
- 6 6.1 (degree in scale) she's moved up a step in the salary scalehis new post is a step up the ladder from supervisorha ascendido un peldaño en la escala salarialthat would be a step up in her careersu nuevo puesto está inmediatamente por encima del de supervisor6.2 (American English) (Music)half stepeso significaría un ascenso para ellaExample sentences
- But you can't rest on your laurels - you must create your CV to get yourself on the next step of the ladder.
- A first home is a step on the ladder, it's never the end goal or the dream home, and is rarely where you'd genuinely like it to be.
- No-one was sponsoring me for this race and it is merely the first step on the ladder to the big one.
intransitive verb -pp-
- 1.1 (move) (+ adverb complement) would you step inside/outside for a moment?to step off a plane¿quiere pasar or entrar/salir un momento?from the moment he stepped onto the stagebajarse de un aviónhe could have stepped straight out of a story bookdesde el momento que puso pie en or pisó el escenarioshe stepped over the thresholdparecía sacado or salido de un libro de cuentos1.2 (tread) to stepatravesó el umbral
in/ onsomethingI stepped in a puddle he steped on a minepisar algosorry, I stepped on your toe to step on it o on the gas [colloquial]pisó una minaExample sentences
- Wendy had just lifted her foot to step over to the next joist, and the sudden noise made her startle badly.
- I suppose everyone who worked with horses will have had their foot accidentally stepped on.
- He set me back on my feet and I stepped aside to allow him entrance.
- (move aside)
- (move back)
- 1.1 (get down) 1.2 (resign)
- 1.1 (walk quickly)
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