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step

noun

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1 an action planned or taken to achieve a desired result
  • took steps to ensure that there would be no more incidences of food poisoning

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2 an individual part of a process, series, or ranking
  • the manual enumerates every step in the procedure for shutting down the assembly line

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3 the mark or impression made by a foot
  • steps in the sand leading into the water and back out again

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4 steps plural the direction along which something or someone moves
  • their steps led them through a long corridor

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5 a very small distance or degree
  • he lives just a step away from his elderly mother, so he's there if she needs him for any reason

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step

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of step (Entry 2 of 2)

2 to perform a series of usually rhythmic bodily movements to music
  • she was in her element, happily stepping around the dance floor

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3 to proceed or move quickly
  • many people wanted to linger before the president's bier, but guards kept the line of mourners stepping forward

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The first known use of step was before the 12th century

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“Step.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/step. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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