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English verb: step up

1. step up (change) increase in extent or intensity

SamplesThe Allies escalated the bombing.

Synonymsescalate, intensify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)increase

Narrower (hyponym)redouble

Antonymsde-escalate, step down, weaken

2. step up (change) speed up

SamplesLet's rev up production.

Synonymsrev up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)increase

3. step up (motion) make oneself visible; take action

SamplesYoung people should step to the fore and help their peers.

Synonymscome forward, come out, come to the fore, step forward, step to the fore

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)act, move

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