baby step


Definition of baby step

: a very small step or advance in progress These companies can create products that take a real leap forward, rather than the traditional baby steps that larger companies with greater commitments must make.Home Theater

Other Words from baby step

baby-step \ ˈbā-​bē-​ˌstep How to pronounce baby step (audio) \ verb, transitive + intransitive baby-stepped; baby-stepping
… after the 2-1 victory that baby-stepped the sixth-place Rangers within four points of the first-place Devils … — Larry Brooks "This is murder," John Chaney had said in that ever-raspy voice as he baby-stepped toward the court Thursday night. "My feet are killing me." — Tom Archdeacon

Examples of baby step in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But why can’t the president just take a baby step toward open markets and plentiful supplies by removing trade barriers? James Freeman, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Instagram described the test as a sort of baby step into the hot NFT market, which has seen some high-profile digital artwork sell for millions of dollars. Marco Quiroz-gutierrez, Fortune, 9 May 2022 Our industry should be more inclusive, and this is just a very baby step in making that happen. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 Great to see this @CA_DWR @SolarAquaGrid @TurlockID solar-over-canal project moving from idea to proof-of-concept construction - a baby step potentially helping CA and the planet with both water and clean-power gains. Roger Bales, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Feb. 2022 And Alwine wants to be there, every baby step of the way. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2022 Google Toolbar was launched on December 11, 2000, and marked the company's first baby step into browser ownership. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 12 Dec. 2021 Mokdad’s home state, Washington, on Friday took a baby step toward that end. oregonlive, 6 Aug. 2021 Mokdad’s home state, Washington, on Friday took a baby step toward that end. oregonlive, 6 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of baby step

1825, in the meaning defined above

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24 May 2022

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“Baby step.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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