Synonyms of step in English:

step


See definition of step

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

    in step

      ‘he is utterly in step with mainstream American thinking’

      SYNONYMS

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

      ANTONYMS

      out of step

    mind/watch one's step

      SYNONYMS

      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

    out of step

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

      SYNONYMS

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

      ANTONYMS

      in step

    step by step

      SYNONYMS

      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’

      SYNONYMS

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

      step
    step down

      SYNONYMS

      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

    step in

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      intervene, intercede, become involved, get involved, act, take action, take measures, take a hand

      mediate, arbitrate, intermediate

    step on it

      SYNONYMS

      hurry up, get a move on, speed up, go faster, be quick

      get cracking, get moving, step on the gas, rattle one's dags

      British

      get one's skates on, stir one's stumps

      North American

      get a wiggle on

      South African

      put foot

      dated

      make haste

    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