step out


stepped out; stepping out; steps out

intransitive verb

: to go away from a place usually for a short distance and for a short time
: to go or march at a vigorous or increased pace
: die
: to lead an active social life
: to be unfaithful
usually used with on
had been stepping out on his wife

Examples of step out in a Sentence

if she catches him stepping out on her, she'll divorce him without a moment's hesitation my greedy relatives are only being nice to me because they expect me to step out any time now
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of step out was circa 1533

Cite this Entry

“Step out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

step out

: to go away from a place usually for a short distance and for a short time
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