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    step - Dictionary definition and meaning for word step

    Definition
    (noun) any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal
    Synonyms : measure
    Example Sentence
    • the situation called for strong measures
    • the police took steps to reduce crime
    Definition
    (noun) the distance covered by a step
    Synonyms : footstep , pace , stride
    Example Sentence
    • he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig
    Definition
    (noun) the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down
    Example Sentence
    • he walked with unsteady steps
    Definition
    (noun) support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway
    Synonyms : stair
    Example Sentence
    • he paused on the bottom step
    Definition
    (noun) relative position in a graded series
    Synonyms : gradation
    Example Sentence
    • always a step behind
    • subtle gradations in color
    • keep in step with the fashions
    Definition
    (noun) a short distance
    Synonyms : stone's throw
    Example Sentence
    • it's only a step to the drugstore
    Definition
    (noun) the sound of a step of someone walking
    Synonyms : footfall , footstep
    Example Sentence
    • he heard footsteps on the porch
    Definition
    (noun) a musical interval of two semitones
    Synonyms : tone , whole step , whole tone
    Definition
    (noun) a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface
    Synonyms : footmark , footprint
    Example Sentence
    • the police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window
    Definition
    (noun) a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed Definition
    (noun) a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance
    Synonyms : dance step
    Example Sentence
    • he taught them the waltz step
    Definition
    (verb) shift or move by taking a step
    Example Sentence
    • step back
    Definition
    (verb) put down or press the foot, place the foot
    Synonyms : tread
    Example Sentence
    • For fools rush in where angels fear to tread
    • step on the brake
    Definition
    (verb) cause (a computer) to execute a single command Definition
    (verb) treat badly
    Synonyms : abuse , ill-treat , ill-use , maltreat , mistreat
    Example Sentence
    • This boss abuses his workers
    • She is always stepping on others to get ahead
    Definition
    (verb) furnish with steps
    Example Sentence
    • The architect wants to step the terrace
    Definition
    (verb) move with one's feet in a specific manner
    Example Sentence
    • step lively
    Definition
    (verb) walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner
    Example Sentence
    • step over to the blackboard
    Definition
    (verb) place (a ship's mast) in its step Definition
    (verb) measure (distances) by pacing
    Synonyms : pace
    Example Sentence
    • step off ten yards
    Definition
    (verb) move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation
    Example Sentence
    • She stepped into a life of luxury
    • he won't step into his father's footsteps
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