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step

 (stĕp)
n.
1.
a. The single complete movement of raising one foot and putting it down in another spot, as in walking.
b. A manner of walking; a particular gait.
c. A fixed rhythm or pace, as in marching: keep step.
d. The sound of a footstep.
e. A footprint: steps in the mud.
2.
a. The distance traversed by moving one foot ahead of the other.
b. A very short distance: just a step away.
c. steps Course; path: turned her steps toward home.
3. One of a series of rhythmical, patterned movements of the feet used in a dance: diagrammed the basic steps to the mambo.
4.
a. A rest for the foot in ascending or descending.
b. steps Stairs.
c. Something, such as a ledge or an offset, that resembles a step of a stairway.
d. A low platform used for exercise, as in step aerobics.
5.
a. One of a series of actions, processes, or measures taken to achieve a goal.
b. A stage in a process: followed every step in the instructions.
6. A degree in progress or a grade or rank in a scale: a step up in the corporate hierarchy.
7. Music
a. The interval that separates two successive tones of a scale.
b. A degree of a scale.
8. Nautical The block in which the heel of a mast is fixed.
v. stepped, step·ping, steps
v.intr.
1. To put or press the foot: step on the brake.
2. To shift or move slightly by taking a step or two: step back.
3. To walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified direction: step over to the corner.
4. To move with the feet in a particular manner: step lively.
5. To move into a new situation by or as if by taking a single step: stepping into a life of ease.
6. To treat someone with arrogant indifference: He is always stepping on other people.
v.tr.
1. To put or set (the foot) down: step foot on land.
2. To measure by pacing: step off ten yards.
3. To furnish with steps; make steps in: terraces that are stepped along the hillside.
4. Computers To cause (a computer) to execute a single instruction.
5. Nautical To place (a mast) in its step.
Phrasal Verbs:
step aside
To resign from a post, especially when being replaced.
step down
1. To resign from a high post.
2. To reduce, especially in stages: stepping down the electric power.
step in
1. To enter into an activity or a situation.
2. To intervene.
step out
1. To walk briskly.
2. To go outside for a short time.
3. Informal To go out for a special evening of entertainment.
4. To withdraw; quit.
step up
1. To increase, especially in stages: step up production.
2. To come forward: step up and be counted.
3. To improve one's performance or take on more responsibility, especially at a crucial time.
Idioms:
in step
1. Moving in rhythm.
2. In conformity with one's environment: in step with the times.
out of step
1. Not moving in rhythm: recruits marching out of step.
2. Not in conformity with one's environment: out of step with the times.
step by step
By degrees.
step on it Informal
To go faster; hurry.

[Middle English, from Old English stæpe, stepe.]

step up

vb (adverb)
1. (tr) to increase or raise by stages; accelerate
2. (intr) to make progress or effect an advancement; be promoted
3. step up to the plate
a. baseball to move into batting position
b. to come forward and take responsibility for something
4. (Baseball) step up to the plate
a. baseball to move into batting position
b. to come forward and take responsibility for something
adj (prenominal)
5. (Electrical Engineering) (of a transformer) increasing a low voltage applied to the primary winding to a higher voltage on the secondary winding. Compare step down4
6. informal involving a rise by stages
n
informal an increment in quantity, size, etc
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.step up - increase in extent or intensity; "The Allies escalated the bombing"
increase - make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted"
redouble - double in magnitude, extent, or intensity; "The enemy redoubled their screaming on the radio"
2.step up - speed up; "let's rev up production"
increase - make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted"
3.step up - make oneself visible; take action; "Young people should step to the fore and help their peers"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

step

noun
1. The act or manner of going on foot:
2. An action calculated to achieve an end:
maneuver, measure (often used in plural), move, procedure, tactic.
3. One of the units in a course, as on an ascending or descending scale:
Informal: notch.
verb
1. To go on foot:
Slang: hoof.
Idiom: foot it.
2. To move rhythmically to music, using patterns of steps or gestures:
Slang: hoof.
phrasal verb
step down
To withdraw from business or active life:
Idioms: call it quits, hang up one's spurs, turn in one's badge.
phrasal verb
step up
To increase the speed of:
Translations
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artırmak

w>step up

vt sepsteigern; efforts also, security, campaign, search, criticism, support, activitiesverstärken; pressure also, demands, volume, numbers, paceerhöhen; fightsteigern; to step up a gear (fig)eine Stufe höherschalten
vi
(= come forward)vortreten; to step up to somebodyauf jdn zugehen/zukommen; step up, ladies and gentlementreten Sie näher, meine Damen und Herren; he stepped up onto the stageer trat auf die Bühne; he stepped up another runger stieg eine Sprosse höher
(= increase)zunehmen; (rate, pressure)ansteigen

step

(step) noun
1. one movement of the foot in walking, running, dancing etc. He took a step forward; walking with hurried steps.
2. the distance covered by this. He moved a step or two nearer; The restaurant is only a step (= a short distance) away.
3. the sound made by someone walking etc. I heard (foot) steps.
4. a particular movement with the feet, eg in dancing. The dance has some complicated steps.
5. a flat surface, or one flat surface in a series, eg on a stair or stepladder, on which to place the feet or foot in moving up or down. A flight of steps led down to the cellar; Mind the step!; She was sitting on the doorstep.
6. a stage in progress, development etc. Mankind made a big step forward with the invention of the wheel; His present job is a step up from his previous one.
7. an action or move (towards accomplishing an aim etc). That would be a foolish/sensible step to take; I shall take steps to prevent this happening again.
verbpast tense, past participle stepped
to make a step, or to walk. He opened the door and stepped out; She stepped briskly along the road.
steps noun plural
a stepladder. May I borrow your steps?
ˈstepladder noun
a ladder with a hinged support at the back and flat steps, not rungs.
ˈstepping-stones noun plural
large stones placed in a shallow stream etc, on which a person can step when crossing.
in/out of step
(of two or more people walking together) with, without the same foot going forward at the same time. to march in step; Keep in step!; He got out of step.
step aside
to move to one side. He stepped aside to let me pass.
step by step
gradually. He improved step by step.
step in
to intervene. The children began to quarrel, and I thought it was time I stepped in.
step out
to walk with a long(er) and (more) energetic stride.
step up
to increase. The firm must step up production.
watch one's step
to be careful, especially over one's own behaviour.
References in classic literature ?
If you had daylight, it would be worth the trouble to step up on the height of this rock, and look at the perversity of the water.
We're truly looking forward to celebrating another year of accomplishment for Step Up Women's Network, and honoring some of the outstanding women who exemplify a new generation of female philanthropists," said executive director Danielle Carrig.
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10 X each leg step-ups Stand in front of the step/stairs, step up with your right leg, bring your left leg to join, then step off backwards again leading with the right leg.
While some seek audiences to holler at, others just keep plugging away - like the educational charity Step Up, founded by ex-head teacher Gethin Davies.
Stand beside your step and side step up onto the top with the nearest foot, follow it with the other foot and step down to the same side.
Step-ups (10-20 reps): Find a single step that is about 12 to 15 inches high, and step up one leg at a time.
EXERCISES Step ups: Make sure you place your full foot on to the step up surface.
Step-ups Muscles used: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteals With a step of around 12-20inches, step up with full foot onto the step pushing through the heel and squeezing the bottom on the way up.