Synonyms of step in English:

step


See US English definition of step

See UK English definition of step

See Spanish definition of paso

noun

1‘Frank took another step forward’

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pace, footstep, stride

2‘she heard Ellis's step on the stairs’

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footstep, footfall, tread, tramp

3‘she left the room with a springy step’

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gait, walk, way of walking, tread, bearing, carriage

4‘the market is only a step from the end of the pier’

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short distance, stone's throw, spitting distance
informal a hop, skip, and a jump

5‘Susan sat on the top step’

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stair, tread, tread board
stairs, staircase, stairway
North American stoop

6‘there was a pint of milk on the step’

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doorstep, sill

7‘the steps of a ladder’

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rung, tread

8‘calling in the bailiffs is a very serious step’

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course of action, measure, move, act, action, procedure, proceeding, initiative
manoeuvre, tactic, strategy, stratagem, operation
démarche

9‘a significant step towards a ceasefire’

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advance, progression, development, step in the right direction, step forward, move, movement
breakthrough

10‘the first step on the managerial ladder’

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stage, level, grade, rank, degree
phase
notch

verb

1‘she stepped off the gangway’

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walk, move, tread, pace, stride

2‘the bull had stepped on his hat’

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tread, stamp, trample, tramp
squash, crush, flatten

Phrases

    step by step


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    one step at a time, bit by bit, gradually, in stages, by degrees, slowly, steadily, slowly but surely
    rare gradatim
    take steps

    ‘the government must take steps to discourage age discrimination’


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    take action, take measures, act, take the initiative, move
    step in


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    intervene, intercede, become involved, get involved, act, take action, take measures, take a hand
    mediate, arbitrate, intermediate
    in step

    ‘he is utterly in step with mainstream American thinking’


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    in accord, in harmony, in agreement, in tune, in line, in keeping, in conformity, in accordance, in consensus, in consilience
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    out of step

    step down


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    resign, stand down, give up one's job, give up one's post, bow out
    retire, abdicate
    informal quit, call it a day
    ANTONYMS

    take up office

    watch one's step


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    be careful, take care, step carefully, step cautiously, walk carefully, walk cautiously, tread carefully, tread cautiously, exercise care, exercise caution, mind how one goes, look out, watch out, watch oneself, be wary, be circumspect, be chary, take heed, be attentive, be on one's guard, have one's wits about one, keep one's wits about one, be on the qui vive
    step on it


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    hurry up, get a move on, speed up, go faster, be quick
    informal get cracking, get moving, step on the gas, rattle one's dags
    British informal get one's skates on, stir one's stumps
    North American informal get a wiggle on
    South African informal put foot
    dated make haste
    out of step

    ‘the paper was often out of step with public opinion’


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    at odds, at variance, in disagreement, out of tune, out of line, not in keeping, out of harmony, at loggerheads, in opposition, at outs
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    in step

    step something up

    1‘the army stepped up its offensive in the north’


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    increase, intensify, strengthen, augment, escalate, scale up, boost
    informal up, crank up

    2‘I stepped up my pace’


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    speed up, increase, accelerate, quicken, hasten
    ANTONYMS

    decrease