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

step in

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stepped in; stepping in; steps in

intransitive verb

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
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On a third-and-3 at the Steelers 16-yard line, Grant Delpit read the eyes of Kenny Pickett and stepped in front of a pass intended for George Pickens. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 19 Sep. 2023 The Highland Park estate at 3637 Maplewood Ave. impresses with sophisticated style from your first step in the door. Allie Beth Allman & Associates, Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2023 Wang, who held the role of foreign minister for a decade until the end of last year and then stepped in again following Qin’s removal, is expected to continue his diplomatic travels with a visit to Moscow on Monday. Simone McCarthy, CNN, 17 Sep. 2023 Epic Healing Eugene - America's first licensed psilocybin service center - opened in June, marking Oregon's unprecedented step in offering the mind-bending drug to the public. CBS News, 16 Sep. 2023 Epstein’s logical next step in baseball would be to build an expansion team from the ground up as part of the ownership group. Peter Abraham,, 16 Sep. 2023 But this is just the first step in the appellate process. Ilana Kaplan, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2023 This week, Martina Ibañez-Baldor, De Los design director, steps in to write about her family’s experience living through the 1973 Chilean coup. Martina Ibáñez-Baldor, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 In the end, officials determined the frenzied dental office visit was one stop in a bizarre heist that began with a sizable theft from the Brea Mall Macy’s and ended with a rideshare driver at the helm of the suspects’ getaway car — unbeknownst to the driver — before police officers stepped in. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1921, in the meaning defined above


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

Time Traveler
The first known use of step-in was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Step-in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: an article of clothing (as a dress or shoes) that can be put on by being stepped into
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