door·​step | \ ˈdȯr-ˌstep How to pronounce doorstep (audio) \

Definition of doorstep

: a step before an outer door
on one's doorstep
: close at hand especially : too close to be overlooked

Examples of doorstep in a Sentence

We sat on the doorstep. The police were at my doorstep.

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Make a stunning first impression with customizable doors that add instant curb appeal and can stand up to whatever lands on your doorstep. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Window World Doors Presented by Therma Tru," 5 Apr. 2019 The top five highest bidders will be contacted to provide a photo of their dad and the sculpture will arrive at your doorstep just in time for Father’s Day on June 17. Jessica Fecteau,, "You Can Get Your Dad's Head Turned Into a Cheese Sculpture Just in Time for Father's Day," 12 June 2018 But, to those who’ve loved him, Mr. Lévy’s romanticism is more than justified by his almost cosmic ambition: to bring an older reality to the doorstep of a newer one, often from the front lines of the most dangerous places on earth. Martin Peretz, WSJ, "‘The Empire and the Five Kings’ Review: The Desert Grows," 12 Feb. 2019 Package thefts from doorsteps have increased in recent years with the spread of online shopping and deliveries. Alex Barinka / Bloomberg, Time, "Amazon Is Expanding Into Home Security by Acquiring Video Doorbell Startup Ring," 1 Mar. 2018 This would be a relatively inexpensive—and less inflammatory—option than placing permanent U.S. military bases directly on Russia’s doorstep while still supporting regional allies. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Having Trouble With Its 'Base in a Box'," 2 Jan. 2019 Jeff Bezos boldly predicted five years ago that drones would be carrying Amazon packages to people’s doorsteps by now. Joseph Pisani, The Seattle Times, "Where are the drone deliveries? Amazon’s customers are still waiting," 3 Dec. 2018 With summer on the Sacramento region's doorstep and temperatures set to soar, Regal Cinemas is giving parents and kids a chance to take a break from the heat and watch a movie – for a dollar. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "Looking for a low-cost way to entertain the kids this summer? Regal Cinemas offering $1 tickets," 20 June 2018 The news wasn't the news until the morning Republic landed on doorsteps or the afternoon Gazette hit the streets. azcentral, "Don Bolles murder reverberates 42 years later in a changed world," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of doorstep

1767, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of doorstep

: a step or series of steps leading up to one of the doors that is used to enter or leave a building


door·​step | \ ˈdȯr-ˌstep How to pronounce doorstep (audio) \

Kids Definition of doorstep

: a step or a series of steps in front of an outside door

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