Translation of step in Spanish:


paso, n.

Pronunciation /stɛp/

See Spanish definition of paso


  • 1

    (footstep, pace)
    paso masculine
    → see also step by step
    to take a step forward/to the right dar un paso adelante/a la derecha
    • a great step forward un gran paso adelante
    • it was her first step on the road to success fue su primer paso hacia el éxito
    • I heard her steps in the corridor oí sus pasos / sus pisadas en el pasillo
    • I'll be with you every step of the way estaré contigo en todo momento
    • He then proceeded taking the few steps towards the massive front doors of the palace, which slowly opened, as he got nearer.
    • May took her arm, and they began to walk with small steps towards the exit.
    • He took a slow step backward, and then fell flat onto his back.
    • And she doesn't even have to move much, just a quick twist or a step away is all she needs.
    • She made her way across the massive Headmaster's office, taking slow, calm steps to the door.
    • I remember, as a very young boy, seeing the headlines, and amazing photos, of Neil Armstrong taking those first steps on the surface of the moon.
    • I took a couple of tentative steps inside, when the door suddenly slammed behind me.
    • Clip it on, and then track steps taken, miles covered, and calories burned.
    • There was some falling and some grabbing at us, but pretty quickly he'd managed to take a couple of successful steps.
    • The pigeon took a couple of steps to the side, and then turned himself round to look behind him.
    • But when I walk out from the shore, tiny purple crabs run for cover at my first step.
    • Slowly, he strolls away from his house in the direction of Third Street, turning his head every couple of steps.
    • The bleachers echoed in the distance from our rough steps.
    • She closed the distance in a few steps and turned around.
    • Then retrace your steps for a short distance and turn left.
    • The waiter took a short step backwards, the cheese bowl clattered on the table
    • Chad made it to the door in a few short and choppy steps, and yanked it open.
    • By 1946 he could only get around by taking taxi rides, a few steps would make him short of breath.
    • Make your advances and retreats take as little time as possible, even if this means taking shorter steps.
    • He took short shuffling steps and shook his considerable bulk with each one.
  • 2

    • 2.1(of dance)

      paso masculine
      • After that, they chose and combined the movements with modern dance steps.
      • She has even mastered some ballroom dance steps, which form part of the choreographed routines for the show.
      • While Williams made her way brilliantly through its forest of steps, the dance was more demanding than affecting.
      • So it's especially hard to believe that she once found it difficult to do a dance step and snap her fingers at the same time.
      • He has also written concert music that's spacious and flows without a step being danced to it.
      • Importantly, during her explanation, she demonstrates dance steps that convey events in the narrative.
      • The choir holds dance workshops and steps are choreographed as a group.
      • Learning hula steps and motions and dancing every day is a great way to keep a body flexible while enjoying Hawaiian music.
      • I have monitored the progress of modern dance steps over the past three decades.
      • At first, the image of Astaire trying to acclimate to the unusual steps of Indian dance is humorous.
      • In a technical and physical challenge, the dancers perform Peking opera gestures and movements at the same time as they dance ballet steps.
      • On the other hand, she notes that the women are now doing her steps, her choreography.
      • You cannot experience the dance just by knowing the sequence of steps.
      • They did this all in slow motion, slowly and carefully, as if learning all the steps to a dance routine.
      • They are imitating the complex dance steps and hand jives that the group perform in their videos.
      • The pace is fast and the choreography can be tricky, with steps and arm movements often deliberately at odds with each other.
      • He coped well with his large assortment of jumping steps, as well as multiple pirouettes which were all danced with ease.
      • My ladies and I were having a wonderful afternoon, practicing dance steps.
      • It hadn't taken Todd long to pick up on the dance steps; to Rachel's surprise Todd had a knack for dancing.
      • A ‘hyperactive’ only child, she would spend her time milking her parents' cows and practising her ballet steps.

    • 2.2(in marching, walking)

      paso masculine
      in/out of step with sb/sth
      • the leaders are out of step with the wishes of the majority
      • she's always managed to keep in step with public opinion
      to be in step llevar el paso
      • to be out of step no llevar el paso

  • 3

    the beach is only a step away la playa está a un paso
    • it's a fair step from here to the station hay un buen trecho hasta la estación
    • this brings war one step nearer esto significa un paso más hacia un conflicto bélico
    • from here it's a short step to total ruin de aquí a la ruina absoluta solo hay un paso
  • 4

    (move) paso masculine
    (measure) medida feminine
    a step in the right direction un paso hacia adelante
    • the next step is to inform the police el próximo paso es informar a la policía
    • to take legal steps recurrir a la justicia
    • to take steps (to + inf) tomar medidas (para + inf)
    • they are taking steps to remedy the situation están tomando medidas para remediar la situación
    • The next step is to add milk but milk is dangerous and the date stamps are often confusing.
    • My plan was moving a little quicker than anticipated so I decided to take things slow after the next step.
    • Once you have identified slow code, the next step is to address those issues.
    • For the author whose literary career began on a slow train to Manchester, it was a huge step.
    • He said the company was currently investigating whether steps could be taken to inform former members of staff of the situation.
    • However, council bosses stressed that year-on-year benefits processing was improving thanks to the steps taken by management.
    • The anti-begging campaign comes as York's city centre manager takes steps to identify legitimate buskers.
    • He said he was pleased the officers had taken steps to protect shoppers who spend hard-earned cash on poor-quality fakes.
    • So for a president contemplating his place in American history, there is currently no strong pressure to take bold steps.
    • But people are taking steps beyond moving cows or horses out of harms way.
    • The unit have now provided employers with information about how to carry out assessments and practical steps to reduce sound levels.
    • It was at this point that he took the bold step of moving to Iwama.
    • The first step was to level the area where the gazebo would be located and set the support columns in concrete.
    • Such reports have declined in recent years as industry has taken steps to reduce formaldehyde levels.
    • He checks his high blood sugar level daily and takes steps to control it, using insulin injections, diet and exercise.
    • After such an emergency you would want to ensure steps were taken to cover such emergencies in future.
    • He said the defendant made out a number of cheques in various sums which he cashed for himself and then took steps to cover his tracks.
    • U.S. presidents knew about UFO crash retrievals right from the start and took steps to cover up the evidence.
    • The lender should also be ashamed that it took no effective steps to help the couple.
    • We extend best wishes this week to a local couple taking the big step.
  • 5

    • 5.1

      (on stair) escalón masculine
      (on stair) peldaño masculine
      (on ladder) travesaño masculine
      (on ladder) escalón masculine
      mind the step cuidado con el escalón
      • the church/museum steps la escalinata / las escaleras de la iglesia/del museo
      • the altar steps las gradas del altar
      • a flight of steps un tramo de escalera
      • he left the parcel on the step dejó el paquete en la puerta
      • The first thing we both did when we got back was make a beeline for the staircase, each of us putting a foot on the bottom step at the same time.
      • Wendy saw Dr. Maddox out of the corner of her eye at the bottom step of a stairway leading to a second floor.
      • Cut into the granite is a steep, gradually narrowing staircase, with some steps almost one foot high.
      • When I opened the door, Kay was sitting on the bottom step of the grand staircase.
      • The café is on two levels separated by shallow steps.
      • The sound of someone moving noisily up the steps attracted Margaret's attention.
      • Aidan was the first to climb up the small steps to the upper level.
      • This is fitted with wall to wall wardrobes and is also partially split level, with steps leading to the en suite shower room.
      • She didn't have the opportunity to read his expression for long either as he turned and marched across the yard and up the steps to his flat.
      • There is an extensive lawn to the rear laid out over two levels with steps leading up to a hard tennis court.
      • Before James got suspicious, I got out of the car and walked up towards the front steps as the last bus rolled away.
      • Milo moved in for one last kiss, then he turned and walked down the porch steps, moving towards his car.
      • They walked up the steps and paused in front of a wooden door that appeared, to Justin at least, very menacing and inhibiting.
      • At exactly six-thirty that evening, I walked up the steps of Lydia's front porch to ring her doorbell.
      • I walked up the front steps to our house, carrying my bag behind me.
      • Amanda nervously walked up the front steps of the twins' large house.
      • She took her daughter's carrier out of the car and handed it to Lara so she could grab the bags and walk up the three steps to the front porch.
      • I carried the plastic tray with the curried cheese pieces down the steps to the basement, a glass of milk held in the crook of my arm.
      • Ahead, at the end of the path, steps led up to double doors standing open.
      • My pool had steps instead of ladders, so you didn't really have to climb.
      • She screeched as she held on to one of the steps of the steel ladder.
      • I climbed down the steps of my ladder after shoving my new diary under my mattress.
      • He jumps down, missing the last three steps of the ladder and landing right behind her.

    • 5.2steps pluralBritish (stepladder)

      (de mano o de tijera) escalera feminine
      • He raced to the home of Mrs Caulfield's sister where he also found Mr Caulfield collapsed under a pair of steps.
      • He listed a couple of folding camp chairs, a pair of steps, and a number of coats hanging up.

  • 6

    • 6.1(degree in scale)

      peldaño masculine
      escalón masculine
      she's moved up a step in the salary scale ha ascendido un peldaño en la escala salarial
      • his new post is a step up the ladder from supervisor su nuevo puesto está inmediatamente por encima del de supervisor
      • that would be a step up in her career eso significaría un ascenso para ella
      • But you can't rest on your laurels - you must create your CV to get yourself on the next step of the ladder.
      • A first home is a step on the ladder, it's never the end goal or the dream home, and is rarely where you'd genuinely like it to be.
      • No-one was sponsoring me for this race and it is merely the first step on the ladder to the big one.
      • The spiralling cost of property has also meant that, for young families, this is usually the first step on the property ladder.
      • At least I knew and understood where I stood with men; namely several steps further down the ladder.
      • I also met with scores of Iraqis from all steps of the socioeconomic ladder and all of the major ethnic and religious groups.
      • I had good management, good coaching, it improved my game and put me on the first step on the ladder I suppose.
      • The fact is, every mentally capable person looks at entry-level jobs as a first step on the economic ladder.
      • He eventually reached Premier One division, just a step below professional level.
      • Her successor says beatification, the step just short of sainthood, will be important not just for her order.
      • The thrust of the report is that existing housing policy does not come anywhere near meeting demand for an affordable first step on the ownership ladder.
      • Second, clerical work no longer served as the first step on the ladder into management.
      • Indeed, in many cultures to be a musician is just a few steps above a beggar.

    • 6.2US Music

      half step semitono

intransitive verb stepping, stepped, stepped

  • 1

    would you step inside/outside for a moment? ¿quiere pasar / entrar/salir un momento?
    • to step off a plane bajarse de un avión
    • from the moment he stepped onto the stage desde el momento que puso pie en / pisó el escenario
    • he could have stepped straight out of a story book parecía sacado / salido de un libro de cuentos
    • she stepped over the threshold atravesó el umbral
    • Wendy had just lifted her foot to step over to the next joist, and the sudden noise made her startle badly.
    • I suppose everyone who worked with horses will have had their foot accidentally stepped on.
    • He set me back on my feet and I stepped aside to allow him entrance.
    • John moved across the small area slowly, occasionally stepping on her feet.
    • When I stepped on his foot, not accidentally, he winced in pain and let go of me.
    • I had recently injured my foot by stepping on a laptop plug.
    • At the bottom of the stairs in the morning, I stepped into two feet of freezing cold water and we decided to evacuate the family.
    • I turned around and jumped back into Anna, stepping on her foot.
    • He swooped down and plucked me off my feet, stepping onto the porch.
    • When I open the door so she can take a breather she very seldom steps over the sill.
    • Running his hands through his hair, Guy approaches the ladder and steps onto the bottom rung.
    • If they are successful, the men will step ashore for the first time in four months when they reach the coast of California.
    • Shakespeare has been with us in Aotearoa since Captain Cook stepped ashore in 1769.
    • This was soon to change: a crash course in the Greek language and culture saw him stepping from the plane in Athens six months later.
    • A young man stepped into the firelight, his face partly obscured by tumbles of dark brown hair.
    • Moments later the door swung open and a young military nurse stepped into the room.
    • The young man quickly stepped away from the door, pulling it open for his fellow student.
    • The young man stepped closer and Lane caught a better look at him.
    • I scale the stairs quickly as possible, stepping over sitting persons, avoiding an obstacle course of beer bottles.
    • At the back of the church, people stepped over a well-dressed young man who seemed unconscious.
  • 2

    to step in/on sth pisar algo