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English noun: step

1. step (act) any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal

SamplesThe situation called for strong measures.
The police took steps to reduce crime.


Broader (hypernym)maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre

Narrower (hyponym)countermeasure, guard, porcupine provision, precaution, safeguard, shark repellent

2. step (quantity) the distance covered by a step

SamplesHe stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig.

Synonymsfootstep, pace, stride

Broader (hypernym)indefinite quantity

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

SamplesHe walked with unsteady steps.

Broader (hypernym)locomotion, travel

Narrower (hyponym)footstep, pace, pas, sidestep, stride, tread, trip

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

SamplesHe paused on the bottom step.


Broader (hypernym)support

Narrower (hyponym)corbel step, corbie-step, corbiestep, crow step

Part holonymriser, tread

Part meronymstaircase, stairway

5. step (state) relative position in a graded series

SamplesAlways a step behind.
Subtle gradations in color.
Keep in step with the fashions.


Broader (hypernym)rank

Narrower (hyponym)cut

6. step (quantity) a short distance

SamplesIt's only a step to the drugstore.

Synonymsstone's throw

Broader (hypernym)small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity

7. step (event) the sound of a step of someone walking

SamplesHe heard footsteps on the porch.

Synonymsfootfall, footstep

Broader (hypernym)sound

Narrower (hyponym)tramp

8. step (communication) a musical interval of two semitones

Synonymstone, whole step, whole tone

Broader (hypernym)interval, musical interval

9. step (communication) a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface

SamplesThe police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window.

Synonymsfootmark, footprint

Broader (hypernym)mark, print

Narrower (hyponym)footprint evidence

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

Broader (hypernym)block

11. step (act) a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance

SamplesHe taught them the waltz step.

Synonymsdance step

Broader (hypernym)locomotion, travel

Narrower (hyponym)chasse, glissade, moonwalk, sashay

Part meronymhoofing, step dancing

English verb: step

1. step (motion) shift or move by taking a step

SamplesStep back.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)backpedal

2. step (motion) put down or press the foot, place the foot

SamplesFor fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Step on the brake.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)step on, tread on

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

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)execute, run

4. step (social) treat badly

SamplesThis boss abuses his workers.
She is always stepping on others to get ahead.

Synonymsabuse, ill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, mistreat

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)do by, handle, treat

Narrower (hyponym)kick around

5. step (possession) furnish with steps

SamplesThe architect wants to step the terrace.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply

Domain categoryarchitecture

6. step (motion) move with one's feet in a specific manner

SamplesStep lively.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s Adjective

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

7. step (motion) walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner

SamplesStep over to the blackboard.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)walk

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

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

9. step (change) measure (distances) by pacing

SamplesStep off ten yards.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)measure, quantify

10. step (change) move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation

SamplesShe stepped into a life of luxury.
He won't step into his father's footsteps.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)move

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