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  • 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
  • measure (distances) by pacing
    • step off ten yards
  • place (a ship's mast) in its step
  • walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner
    • step over to the blackboard
  • move with one's feet in a specific manner
    • step lively
  • furnish with steps
    • The architect wants to step the terrace
  • treat badly
    • This boss abuses his workers
    • She is always stepping on others to get ahead
  • cause (a computer) to execute a single command
  • put down or press the foot, place the foot
    • For fools rush in where angels fear to tread
    • step on the brake
  • shift or move by taking a step
    • step back
  • a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance
    • he taught them the waltz step
  • a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed
  • a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface
    • the police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window
  • a musical interval of two semitones
  • the sound of a step of someone walking
    • he heard footsteps on the porch
  • a short distance
    • it's only a step to the drugstore
  • relative position in a graded series
    • always a step behind
    • subtle gradations in color
    • keep in step with the fashions
  • support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway
    • he paused on the bottom step
  • the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down
    • he walked with unsteady steps
  • the distance covered by a step
    • he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig
  • any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal
    • the situation called for strong measures
    • the police took steps to reduce crime
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