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
baby-step 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 Rocky Start OpenAI floundered in its early years, struggling to come up with a scheme that made leaps, not baby steps, toward its goal. WIRED, 18 Nov. 2023 Better to think of this less as the first in a potential series and more like an extraordinary calling card — not the beginning of endless sequels but the baby step toward a long and fruitful career. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 27 July 2023 And while some people may be compelled to do just that, others need baby steps. Melissa Breyer, Treehugger, 12 Sep. 2023 Be kind to yourself, but consider making a baby step toward cutting back. Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 14 Apr. 2023 But there will be no huge leaps here — baby steps, although frustrating sometimes, are key. Elizabeth Gulino,, 27 Aug. 2023 His paper showed that this sequence can arrive at the optimal point nearly three times faster than it would by taking constant baby steps. Quanta Magazine, 11 Aug. 2023 Instead, the field’s conventional wisdom for decades has been to take baby steps. Quanta Magazine, 11 Aug. 2023 For those who want to embark on a similar journey of their own, the consensus from zero-waste experts is to skip the trash jar, start with one low-waste practice, and take baby steps. WIRED, 5 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of baby step was in 1825

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“Baby step.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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