Definition of step out in US English:

step out

phrasal verb

  • 1Leave a room or building for a short time.

    • ‘So, she hands me a fly-swatter, steps out of the room and goes to phone my step-dad to find out where they keep the bug spray.’
    • ‘Her husband asked her to step out of the room, which she did.’
    • ‘He had to step out of the room for a moment when the rule was being voted on.’
    • ‘He thinks a moment, and then steps out of the room.’
    • ‘I stepped out of the room to grab a couple of beers from the kitchen.’
    • ‘He was attacked after the class nanny stepped out of the room to change another baby's nappy.’
    • ‘When a break was called, he stood, smiling, and asked to step out of the room.’
    • ‘Once Alex is washed she steps out into the main room with her shirt done up loosely.’
    • ‘When Sidney steps out of the room to take one of many cell phone calls, Harold works up the nerve to go over to the actress and introduce himself.’
    • ‘He steps out of the room and returns a few minutes later after consulting his manager.’
  • 2North American informal Go out to have a good time.

    ‘he was stepping out with a redheaded waitress’
    • ‘Snogging A-listers and stepping out with celebs could be a career-boosting move for the winners who are still enjoying their first flurry of fame.’
    • ‘What I didn't know at the time was that she had also been stepping out with K on a reasonably regular basis over the last couple of months.’
    • ‘Sarah Reid ponders the new round of rumours suggesting he's stepping out with Sophie Dahl’
    • ‘She has since begun stepping out with Josh, probably the coolest rock star around.’
    • ‘It seems Rupert's been stepping out with some rich vixen.’
    • ‘He even switched camps, stepping out with a member of Kylie's troop, no less.’
    • ‘Turns out he's been snapped stepping out with Star Wars action figurine Natalie Portman and the winsome Winona Ryder.’
    • ‘I'm constantly amazed at the number of gorgeous women who prefer being with a fatty to stepping out with an Adonis.’
    • ‘He was a member of a failed boyband and has been stepping out with young Samantha for three years now.’
    • ‘She's now stepping out with a gentleman.’
  • 3Walk with long or vigorous steps.

    ‘she enjoyed the outing, stepping out manfully’
    • ‘Weak, disused musculature means I have to saunter and stroll rather than step out briskly.’
    • ‘I nudged Glory into a trot and he eagerly stepped out, his long strides eating up the ground.’