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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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