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Noun: step-up  'step,úp
  1. The act of increasing something
    "he gave me a step-up in salary";
    - increase
Verb: step up
  1. Increase in extent or intensity
    "The Allies stepped up the bombing";
    - escalate, intensify
     
  2. Speed up
    "let's step up production";
    - rev up
     
  3. Make oneself visible; take action
    "Young people should step up and help their peers";
    - come to the fore, step forward, come forward, step to the fore, come out

Derived forms: stepping up, stepped up, step-ups, steps up

Type of: act, change of magnitude, increase, move

Encyclopedia: Step up