Definition of step verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

step

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//step//
 
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Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they step
BrE BrE//step//
 
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he / she / it steps
BrE BrE//steps//
 
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past simple stepped
BrE BrE//stept//
 
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past participle stepped
BrE BrE//stept//
 
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-ing form stepping
BrE BrE//ˈstepɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstepɪŋ//
 
 
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  • (stepping, stepped) [intransitive] + adv./prep. to lift your foot and move it in a particular direction or put it on or in something; to move a short distance to step onto/off a bus I stepped forward when my name was called out. She stepped aside to let them pass. We stepped carefully over the broken glass. I turned around quickly and stepped on his toes. She opened the door and stepped out into the sunshine. (figurative) Going into the hotel is like stepping back in time.
  • Word Origin Old English stæpe, stepe (noun), stæppan, steppan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch steppen and German stapfen.Extra examples Don’t step in the puddle. He stepped back hastily from the edge. He stepped gingerly over the cat. Would you like to step inside for a few minutes? Could you step inside for a moment? He stepped back into the shadows. He stepped smartly aside to avoid her. I accidentally stepped on her toe. Myra stepped gingerly through the rows of plants. Step forward when your name is called out. The boy had stepped out into the road without looking. We had to step carefully to avoid the broken glass.Idioms to do somebody’s job or work when they are suddenly or unexpectedly unable to do it
    step into somebody’s shoes
     
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    to continue a job or the work that somebody else has started She stepped into her father’s shoes when he retired.
    (informal) used especially in orders to tell somebody to drive faster
    step on somebody’s toes
     
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    (North American English, informal) = tread on somebody’s toes
    step out of line, be/get out of line
     
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    to behave badly or break the rules His boss warned him that if he stepped out of line once more he would be fired.
    (especially North American English) to do what is necessary in order to benefit from an opportunity or deal with a crisis It's important for world leaders to step up to the plate and honor their commitments on global warming. It’s time for businesses to step up to the plate and accept responsibility.
    Phrasal Verbsstep back (from something)step downstep forwardstep instep outstep upstep somethingup
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: step