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English verb: step in

1. step in (social) get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force


SamplesWhy did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?.


Synonymsinterfere, interpose, intervene


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


Broader (hypernym)interact


Narrower (hyponym)interlope, meddle, tamper

2. step in (social) act as a substitute


SamplesShe stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold.


Synonymsdeputise, deputize, substitute


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)replace, supercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant


Narrower (hyponym)cover









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