Synonyms of step


1. measure, step, maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre

usage: any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal; "the situation called for strong measures"; "the police took steps to reduce crime"

2. footstep, pace, step, stride, indefinite quantity

usage: the distance covered by a step; "he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"

3. step, locomotion, travel

usage: the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down; "he walked with unsteady steps"

4. step, stair, support

usage: support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway; "he paused on the bottom step"

5. gradation, step, rank

usage: relative position in a graded series; "always a step behind"; "subtle gradations in color"; "keep in step with the fashions"

6. step, stone's throw, small indefinite quantity, small indefinite amount

usage: a short distance; "it's only a step to the drugstore"

7. footfall, footstep, step, sound

usage: the sound of a step of someone walking; "he heard footsteps on the porch"

8. tone, whole tone, step, whole step, interval, musical interval

usage: a musical interval of two semitones

9. footprint, footmark, step, mark, print

usage: a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface; "the police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window"

10. step, block

usage: a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed

11. dance step, step, locomotion, travel

usage: a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance; "he taught them the waltz step"


1. step, travel, go, move, locomote

usage: shift or move by taking a step; "step back"

2. step, tread, travel, go, move, locomote

usage: put down or press the foot, place the foot; "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"; "step on the brake"

3. step, run, execute

usage: cause (a computer) to execute a single command

4. mistreat, maltreat, abuse, ill-use, step, ill-treat, treat, handle, do by

usage: treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"

5. step, supply, provide, render, furnish

usage: furnish with steps; "The architect wants to step the terrace"

6. step, travel, go, move, locomote

usage: move with one's feet in a specific manner; "step lively"

7. step, walk

usage: walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner; "step over to the blackboard"

8. step, put, set, place, pose, position, lay

usage: place (a ship's mast) in its step

9. pace, step, quantify, measure

usage: measure (distances) by pacing; "step off ten yards"

10. step, move

usage: 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"

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Definition and meaning of step (Dictionary)