noun, often attributive
lock·​step | \ ˈläk-ˌstep How to pronounce lockstep (audio) \

Definition of lockstep

1 : a mode of marching in step by a body of persons going one after another as closely as possible
2 : a standard method or procedure that is mindlessly adhered to or that minimizes individuality
in lockstep
: in perfect or rigid often mindless conformity or unison politicians marching in lockstep with the party line

Examples of lockstep in a Sentence

followed the lockstep that had been in his family for generations: prep school, Ivy League university, job on Wall Street
Recent Examples on the Web Cryptocurrency prices are moving in lockstep with stocks and bonds like never before, punishing those who bought bitcoin and other digital assets in part to diversify their investment holdings. Gregory Zuckerman, WSJ, 16 May 2022 Lysell, 19, is 5-10 and about 175 pounds, his body not yet in lockstep with his game. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 7 May 2022 Furthermore, this model ensures that a franchise partner is in lockstep with the licensee in terms of audits, inventory, compliance, record-keeping, etc. Peter Su, Rolling Stone, 2 May 2022 For the most part, oil prices are in lockstep with gas prices. CBS News, 29 Apr. 2022 The temperature has risen in lockstep with the CO2, as if the CO2 is pulling the temperature higher (Figure 1). Ian Palmer, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Maya van Rossum, leader of the nonprofit Delaware Riverkeeper Network, said the environmental groups pushing back at the commission’s supposed inaction view the panel as working in lockstep with industrial interests. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 Apple continued to develop the Server app in the following years, releasing major new versions roughly in lockstep with yearly Mac software updates. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 21 Apr. 2022 But the Democrats’ lockstep support for masking hurt them. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lockstep.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of lockstep

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About lockstep

Time Traveler for lockstep

Time Traveler

The first known use of lockstep was in 1787

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near lockstep



lock stile

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for lockstep

Last Updated

18 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Lockstep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lockstep. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!