step out

step out
go outside a room or building for a short period of time (Freq. 6)
Hypernyms: ↑exit, ↑go out, ↑get out, ↑leave
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s

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intransitive verb
1. : to go away from a place usually for a short distance and for a short time

just stepped out for a while — Erskine Caldwell

2. : to go or march at a vigorous or increased pace
3. : die
4. : to engage in social activities : lead an active social life

has really been stepping out this past year

5. : to be unfaithful — usually used with on

hadn't been married two months before I knew he was stepping out on me — James Jones

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step out
1. To go out a little way
2. To increase the length of the step and so the speed
3. To have a busy social life
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Main Entry:step

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ˌstep ˈout [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they step out he/she/it steps out present participle stepping out past tense stepped out past participle stepped out] mainly american phrasal verb
to leave a place for a short time

I’m sorry, Karen’s just stepped out for a second.

Thesaurus: general words meaning to leave a placesynonym
Main entry: step

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1) leave a room or building, typically for a short time
2) informal go out to have a good time

he was stepping out with a redheaded waitress

3) walk with long or vigorous steps

she enjoyed the outing, stepping out manfully

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step out [phrasal verb]
US : to briefly leave a place

I need to step out [=pop out] for a moment.

She just stepped out to get some milk.

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Main Entry:step

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ˌstep ˈout derived
(especially NAmE) to go out

I'm just going to step out for a few minutes.

Main entry:stepderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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