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

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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 Despite not applying to the world’s nuclear powers, arms control advocates see it as a baby step toward the goal of nuclear disarmament. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Austin appears a lock for confirmation, as Senate votes Friday," 22 Jan. 2021 James The Kid Wiseman taking a baby step backward, and yet the Warriors battle the title-contender Clippers to the bitter end. Scott Ostler,, "Don’t call Warriors loss vs. Clippers a moral victory: What we learned, good and bad," 7 Jan. 2021 That's like a little baby step towards getting us back together. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "Q&A: David Byrne on his festival hit 'American Utopia'," 11 Sep. 2020 The Frames are Amazon’s audio-only baby step into the weird, possibly world-changing niche of face computers. Washington Post, "I’ve worn Alexa-enabled glasses for two weeks. They’re driving me bananas.," 4 Aug. 2020 As Nikki Smith mentioned in a previous episode, diversifying your social media feed is a baby step towards seeing the full spectrum of experience. Condé Nast Traveler, "How the Travel Industry Should Support Black Women: Women Who Travel Podcast," 10 June 2020 California will take baby steps in the process on Friday, as a scattering of retail businesses are allowed to reopen for curbside pickup. Los Angeles Times, "Fears of a second coronavirus surge haunt California as it begins slow-speed reopening of economy," 8 May 2020 Even as the state takes baby steps toward reopening, Ivey urged residents to take precautions. al, "Why Alabama officials say they aren’t ready to reopen yet," 29 Apr. 2020 In the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus publicly emerged in December, the end to a monthslong lockdown has residents taking baby steps toward some version of normality. Dan Barry, New York Times, "Optimism Is Less Distant as Global Coronavirus Battle Rages On," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of baby step

1825, in the meaning defined above

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5 Feb 2021

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“Baby step.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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