Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun step

11 senses of step

Sense 1
measure, step -- (any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal; "the situation called for strong measures"; "the police took steps to reduce crime")
       => maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre -- (a move made to gain a tactical end)

Sense 2
footstep, pace, step, stride -- (the distance covered by a step; "he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig")
       => indefinite quantity -- (an estimated quantity)

Sense 3
step -- (the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down; "he walked with unsteady steps")
       => locomotion, travel -- (self-propelled movement)

Sense 4
step, stair -- (support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway; "he paused on the bottom step")
       => support -- (any device that bears the weight of another thing; "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf")

Sense 5
gradation, step -- (relative position in a graded series; "always a step behind"; "subtle gradations in color"; "keep in step with the fashions")
       => rank -- (relative status; "his salary was determined by his rank and seniority")

Sense 6
step, stone's throw -- (a short distance; "it's only a step to the drugstore")
       => small indefinite quantity, small indefinite amount -- (an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude)

Sense 7
footfall, footstep, step -- (the sound of a step of someone walking; "he heard footsteps on the porch")
       => sound -- (the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them")

Sense 8
tone, whole tone, step, whole step -- (a musical interval of two semitones)
       => interval, musical interval -- (the difference in pitch between two notes)

Sense 9
footprint, footmark, step -- (a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface; "the police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window")
       => mark, print -- (a visible indication made on a surface; "some previous reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks"; "paw prints were everywhere")

Sense 10
step -- (a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed)
       => block -- (a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides); "the pyramids were built with large stone blocks")

Sense 11
dance step, step -- (a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance; "he taught them the waltz step")
       => locomotion, travel -- (self-propelled movement)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb step

10 senses of step

Sense 1
step -- (shift or move by taking a step; "step back")
       => travel, go, move, locomote -- (change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast")
          Phrasal Verb-> step out#1

Sense 2
step, tread -- (put down or press the foot, place the foot; "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"; "step on the brake")
       => travel, go, move, locomote -- (change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast")

Sense 3
step -- (cause (a computer) to execute a single command)
       => run, execute -- (carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine; "Run the dishwasher"; "run a new program on the Mac"; "the computer executed the instruction")

Sense 4
mistreat, maltreat, abuse, ill-use, step, ill-treat -- (treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead")
       => treat, handle, do by -- (interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently")

Sense 5
step -- (furnish with steps; "The architect wants to step the terrace")
       => supply, provide, render, furnish -- (give something useful or necessary to; "We provided the room with an electrical heater")

Sense 6
step -- (move with one's feet in a specific manner; "step lively")
       => travel, go, move, locomote -- (change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast")

Sense 7
step -- (walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner; "step over to the blackboard")
       => walk -- (use one's feet to advance; advance by steps; "Walk, don't run!"; "We walked instead of driving"; "She walks with a slight limp"; "The patient cannot walk yet"; "Walk over to the cabinet")

Sense 8
step -- (place (a ship's mast) in its step)
       => put, set, place, pose, position, lay -- (put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point")

Sense 9
pace, step -- (measure (distances) by pacing; "step off ten yards")
       => quantify, measure -- (express as a number or measure or quantity; "Can you quantify your results?")

Sense 10
step -- (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")
       => move -- (go or proceed from one point to another; "the debate moved from family values to the economy")

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