\ ˈstep-ˌin How to pronounce step-in (audio) \

Definition of step-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an article of clothing put on by being stepped into: such as
a : a shoe resembling but usually having a higher vamp than a pump and having concealed elastic to adjust the fit
b : short panties for women usually used in plural

step in

stepped in; stepping in; steps in

Definition of step in (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to intervene in an affair or dispute
b : to act as a replacement
2 : to make a brief informal visit

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step-in adjective

Examples of step-in in a Sentence

Verb I just stepped in to say hi on my way to class. couldn't find anyone to step in for me so that I could take a break from my caregiving duties

First Known Use of step-in


1921, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Step-in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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