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

 

step up

 phrasal verb
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to come forward She stepped up to receive her prize. (figurative) Employers have stepped up to help bridge the gap between education and work.
to increase the amount, speed, etc. of something He has stepped up his training to prepare for the race. The teaching unions are stepping up industrial action in support of their pay claim. If he wants to win this election, he really needs to step it up(= put in more effort).
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