how to pronounce step


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step is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of step in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… but if you take a step back you can see …”

meanings of step


  1. A running board where passengers step to get on and off the bus.
  2. One of a series of offsets, or parts, resembling the steps of stairs, as one of the series of parts of a cone pulley on which the belt runs.
  3. A bearing in which the lower extremity of a spindle or a vertical shaft revolves.
  4. A constant difference between consecutive values in a series.
  5. A portable framework of stairs, much used indoors in reaching to a high position.
  6. A distinct part of a process; stage; phase.
  7. A stepsibling.
  8. A rest, or one of a set of rests, for the foot in ascending or descending, as a stair, or a rung of a ladder.
  9. Proceeding; measure; action; act.
  10. A walk; passage.
  11. A gait; manner of walking.
  12. A small space or distance.
  13. A framing in wood or iron which is intended to receive an upright shaft; specifically, a block of wood, or a solid platform upon the keelson, supporting the heel of the mast.
  14. A change of position effected by a motion of translation.
  15. An advance or movement made from one foot to the other; a pace.
  16. The interval between two contiguous degrees of the scale.
  17. The space passed over by one movement of the foot in walking or running.
  18. A print of the foot; a footstep; a footprint; track.


  1. To walk slowly, gravely, or resolutely.
  2. To walk; to go on foot; especially, to walk a little distance.
  3. To fix the foot of (a mast) in its step; to erect.
  4. To set, as the foot.
  5. To move the foot in walking; to advance or recede by raising and moving one of the feet to another resting place, or by moving both feet in succession.
  6. To move mentally; to go in imagination.


  1. Initialism of Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

step frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word step occurs in english on average 137.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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