Definition of step by step in English:

step by step

phrase

  • So as to progress gradually and carefully from one stage to the next.

    ‘I'll explain it to you step by step’
    as modifier ‘a step-by-step guide’
    • ‘She loved pranks, but they had to be carefully planned out, step by step, whereas he just did it.’
    • ‘Your mind and body will find it a lot easier to receive the changes if you make them step by step rather than all in one go in the hope that they will fit together nicely in the swing.’
    • ‘Sarah has written a book about their experiences with a step by step guide for people wanting to do it themselves.’
    • ‘And it lays out step by step what was done to assemble this bomb and deliver this bomb.’
    • ‘He guides you step by step through comprehensive and easy to follow instructions.’
    • ‘Pat got right down to business, taking the group step by step through the fundamentals of writing poetry.’
    • ‘Now in a step by step guide, I'll show you how I can achieve this.’
    • ‘They followed this step by step guide to equipment and software applications at their own speed.’
    • ‘The software contains lesson plans, which enable the teacher to cover each of these elements step by step.’
    • ‘The exhibits suggested ways and means to reduce weight step by step.’
    one step at a time, bit by bit, gradually, in stages, by degrees, slowly, steadily, slowly but surely
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Pronunciation

step by step

/ˌstɛp bʌɪ ˈstɛp/