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keep step

[ step ]SEE DEFINITION OF keep step

Synonyms for keep step

  • hold on
  • balance
  • compete
  • contend
  • continue
  • emulate
  • go on
  • keep pace
  • match
  • pace
  • persevere
  • preserve
  • rival
  • run with
  • vie
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Antonyms for keep step

  • let go
  • neglect
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR KEEP STEP

She seems to keep step with him somehow, and think his thoughts.

She could see the effort of his tired legs to keep step with the standard-bearer.

"Keep step with me, then, and don't tread on my toes," pleaded Polly.

But he is wise and kind, and already I can see that she is trying to keep step with him—which is as it should be.

Hardy assented, and reluctantly quickened his pace to keep step with hers.

He could keep step with the best of them; but unfortunately he had no decent clothes.

One of the children begins to keep step with the rhythm of the music.

It was hard enough for Penrod to keep step with a girl of his size.

In marching, one has only to keep step with the one next in front of him.

They could be drilled to keep step, and to give their tugs in unison.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English steppan (Anglian), stæppan (West Saxon) "take a step," from West Germanic *stap- "tread" (cf. Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Dutch stap, Old High German stapfo, German stapfe "footstep"), from PIE root *stebh- "to tread, step" (cf. Old Church Slavonic stopa "step, pace," stepeni "step, degree"). Originally strong (past tense stop, past participle bestapen); weak forms emerged 13c., universal from 16c. Stepping stone first recorded early 14c.; in the figurative sense 1650s. Step on it "hurry up" is 1923, from notion of gas pedal; step out (v.) is from 1907.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR KEEP STEP

keep up

verbmaintain, sustain
  • balance
  • compete
  • contend
  • continue
  • emulate
  • go on
  • hold on
  • keep pace
  • keep step
  • match
  • pace
  • persevere
  • preserve
  • rival
  • run with
  • vie
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.