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. Verb
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.See More
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The bank agreed to take remedial steps such as investing $1.15 million to increase credit opportunities and boosting the number of loan officers in Black and Hispanic neighborhoods.—Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2023 If your credit score is low, consider taking steps to improve it before applying for refinancing.—Ashley Donohoe, Car and Driver, 2 Sep. 2023 Cora didn’t know what the next step would be for Kelly, but the plan is to have him back on the major league roster before the end of the season.—Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Sep. 2023 The next step is filling in all the pieces in the middle.—Matt Cohen | McOhen@al.com, al, 2 Sep. 2023 After promising to take steps to reduce the travel burden on athletes, including playing tournaments in central locations, and lauding the ACC’s strong academic reputation, Stanford acknowledged this move largely came down to money.—Iliana Limón Romero, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2023 But those who were in default need to take certain steps to do so — and complete them before next September to keep their loans out of default for the long term, The Times said.—Robert Higgs, cleveland, 1 Sep. 2023 By the time the band finished touring commitments for Slowdive, there was nothing on the calendar for next steps.—Cam Lindsay, Spin, 1 Sep. 2023 The report can also be shared with a healthcare provider who can provide more guidance on next steps or answer questions and concerns.—Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 1 Sep. 2023
Rabbi Ilana Zietman of GatherDC said, inviting people to step toward the center of the circle when a sentence resonated.—Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2023 Of course, there are those quick to deride or dismiss actors like Penn stepping off the soundstage and into such roles.—Brian Lowry, CNN, 18 Sep. 2023 Tight end Mark Andrews stepped right into a familiar workload after missing the opener with a quadriceps injury, playing 79% of the Ravens’ offensive snaps.—Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 18 Sep. 2023 The Parks also have stepped to the second-banana role, giving the headliner’s spot to Canadian singer JP Saxe.—Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 But stepping aboard unravels the function behind these stylistic choices.—Giacomo Barbaro, Robb Report, 15 Sep. 2023 Woodyard stepped from his police vehicle and repeatedly told McClain to stop.—Audra D. S. Burch, New York Times, 15 Sep. 2023 The Fleabag creator and star, 36, eventually stepped away from the project back in September 2021 due to creative differences with the Community alum.—Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2023 This marks the group’s first run of shows since DeLonge rejoined fellow bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker after stepping away in 2014.—Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Sep. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English stæpe; akin to Old High German stapfo step, stampfōn to stamp
Middle English, from Old English stēop-; akin to Old High German stiof- step-, Old English astēpan to deprive, bereave
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1