(noun, verb)


1. any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal

- the police took steps to reduce crime

Similar word(s): measure

Definition categories: act, maneuver, manoeuvre

2. the distance covered by a step

- he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig

Similar word(s): footstep, pace, stride

Definition categories: quantity

3. the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down

- he walked with unsteady steps

Definition categories: act, locomotion, travel

4. support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway

- he paused on the bottom step

Similar word(s): stair

Definition categories: man–made, support

5. relative position in a graded series

- always a step behind

- keep in step with the fashions

Similar word(s): gradation

Definition categories: state, rank

6. a short distance

- it's only a step to the drugstore

Definition categories: quantity

7. the sound of a step of someone walking

- he heard footsteps on the porch

Similar word(s): footfall, footstep

Definition categories: event, sound

8. a musical interval of two semitones

Similar word(s): tone

Definition categories: communication, interval

9. a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface

Similar word(s): footmark, footprint

Definition categories: communication, mark, print

10. a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed

Definition categories: man–made, block

11. a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance

- he taught them the waltz step

Definition categories: act, locomotion, travel

Sentences with step as a noun:

- The driver must have a clear view of the step in order to prevent accidents.

- One step is generally about three feet, but may be more or less.  He improved step by step, or by steps.

- It is but a step.

- The approach of a man is often known by his step.

- Usage note: The word tone is often used as the name of this interval; but there is evident incongruity in using tone for indicating the interval between tones. As the word scale is derived from the Italian scala, a ladder, the intervals may well be called steps.


1. shift or move by taking a step

- step back

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

2. put down or press the foot, place the foot

- step on the brake

Similar word(s): tread

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

3. cause (a computer) to execute a single command

Definition categories: social, execute, run

4. treat badly

- She is always stepping on others to get ahead

Similar word(s): abuse, maltreat, mistreat

Definition categories: social, handle, treat

5. furnish with steps

- The architect wants to step the terrace

Definition categories: possession, furnish, provide, render, supply

6. move with one's feet in a specific manner

- step lively

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

7. walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner

- step over to the blackboard

Definition categories: motion, walk

8. place (a ship's mast) in its step

Definition categories: contact, lay, place, pose, position, put, set

9. measure (distances) by pacing

- step off ten yards

Similar word(s): pace

Definition categories: change, measure, quantify

10. move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation

- She stepped into a life of luxury

- he won't step into his father's footsteps

Definition categories: change, move

Sentences with step as a verb:

- to step to one of the neighbors