step-up

noun \ ˈstep-ˌəp \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of step-up

:an increase or advance in size or amount

First Known Use of step-up

1922


step up

verb

Definition of step up

transitive verb
1 :to increase (a voltage) by means of a transformer
2 :to increase, augment, or advance especially by one or more steps
  • step up production
intransitive verb
1 a :to come forward
  • stepped up to claim responsibility
b :to succeed in meeting a challenge (as by increased effort or improved performance)
2 :to undergo an increase
  • business is stepping up
3 :to receive a promotion

step-up

play \ˈstep-ˌəp\ adjective

Examples of step up in a Sentence

  1. candidates stepping up their campaigns as election day draws near

  2. stepped up the pace to catch up with the others

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First Known Use of step up

1902


STEP-UP Defined for English Language Learners

step-up

noun

Definition of step-up for English Language Learners

  • : an increase in size or amount


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