adjective or adverb

: marked by successive degrees usually of limited extent : gradual

Examples of step-by-step in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Israeli experts did not believe Hamas was capable of carrying out the attack and disregarded the step-by-step blueprint, according to the Times, which drew from documents, emails and interviews. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 2 Dec. 2023 Here's a step-by-step guide to cleaning your slow cooker so it's prepped and ready for making those delicious meals. Samantha Hunter, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Dec. 2023 Define Your Approach: Document a step-by-step sales strategy, covering everything from the initial contact to closing the deal. Patrick Dillon, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 How To Make Pumpkin Pie This pumpkin pie is classic and easy, so review this outline, and then find the full recipe with step-by-step photos further below. Amanda Stanfield, Southern Living, 27 Nov. 2023 Going deeper Women on the Front Line: Enabling Them to Thrive, Stay, and Perform, a new report released by Catalyst in partnership with Accenture, outlines the top actions that would improve women's working conditions and provides step-by-step guidance to get there. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 27 Nov. 2023 The Best Types Of Sweet Potatoes For Every Favorite Southern Dish How To Bake Sweet Potatoes Full instructions for baking sweet potatoes are below with step-by-step photos, but here's a brief outline to simplify the process. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 24 Nov. 2023 In March 1951, longtime Popular Science contributor Kenneth M. Swezey treated space enthusiasts and DIYers to a step-by-step guide to making a cloud chamber, using a peanut butter jar. Bill Gourgey, Popular Science, 23 Nov. 2023 Let Wei’s pantry notes and step-by-step’s be your guide. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of step-by-step was in 1581

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“Step-by-step.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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