Definition of step
- a dance step
- was guided through every step of my career
- taking steps to improve the situation
- has a step on the competition
- out of step with the times
She took one step forward.
The baby took her first steps today.
I heard steps on the stairs.
The edge of the cliff was only about three steps to my left.
The cottage is just steps from the beach.
He walks with a spring in his step.
She walked down the hall with a quick step.
a major step towards independence
We are taking steps to correct the situation.
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
She stepped onto the bus.
They stepped aside to let her pass.
Please step away from the door.
He stepped outside for a moment.
Step in my office for a minute.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'step.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
before 12th century
: to move in a specified direction by lifting your foot and putting it down in a different place : to move somewhere by walking
: to put your foot down
—used to describe family relationships that are created when a person who already has a child marries someone who is not the child's parent
What made you want to look up step? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
Find the Cousins