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Learner's definition of STEP  
: a movement made by lifting your foot and putting it down in a different place
   b : the sound of a foot making a step
   c : the distance covered in one step
also : a short distance
   d : a mark left by a foot or shoe
[singular] : the way that someone walks
— see also goose steplockstep
[count] : one of a series of actions that are done to achieve something
[count] : a stage in a process
[count] : a level or rank in a scale
[count] : the flat piece of wood, stone, etc., that forms one of the levels of a staircase
— see picture at housesee also doorstep
[count] : a movement or pattern of movements made by someone who is dancing
US, music : the distance from one tone of a musical scale to the next
— see also half stepwhole step
[count] : a piece of exercise equipment consisting of a small platform that you use by stepping on and off it
— see also step aerobics
10 steps [plural]British 

a/one step ahead of

: better prepared than (someone or something)
: able to avoid being caught or found by (someone or something)

break step

: to stop walking or marching with the same rhythm as another person or group of people

fall into step

: to begin walking or marching with the same rhythm as another person or group of people

in step

: with the same rhythm as someone or something— usually + with
: matching or agreeing with someone or something

mind/watch your step

: to walk carefully
: to speak or behave carefully

out of step

: not moving with the same rhythm as someone or something
: not matching or agreeing with someone or something— often + with

— steplike


— stepped

Learner's definition of STEP  
always followed by an adverb or preposition[no object]
: to move in a specified direction by lifting your foot and putting it down in a different place: to move somewhere by walking
: to put your foot down— usually + in or on

step aside/down

[phrasal verb]
: to leave a job or official position

step back

[phrasal verb]
: to stop doing something or being actively involved in something for a time so that you can think about it and make decisions in a calm and reasonable way

step forward

[phrasal verb]
: to give or offer help, information, etc.

step in

[phrasal verb]
: to become involved in an activity, discussion, etc., in order to prevent trouble or provide help

step into

[phrasal verb]
step into (something) 
: to take a particular role or do a particular task

step lively

— see lively

step on it

informalor USstep on the gas
: to drive faster

step on someone's toes

— see 1toe

step out

[phrasal verb]US
: to briefly leave a place

step out of line

: to disobey rules or behave badly

step right up

chiefly US
— used to invite people to gather around to see a show or to buy things

step up

[phrasal verb]
: to increase in amount or speed
: to say openly or publicly that you are the person who should get something or who can do something: to come forward
   b : to do better: to succeed in providing what is needed by making a greater effort, improving your performance, etc.
step (something) up or step up (something) 
: to increase the amount or speed of (something)
   b : to improve (something)
— see also step-up

step up to the plate

— see 1plate

— stepper

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