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Meaning of STEP UP

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of increasing something; "he gave me an increase in salary"
  2. [v]  increase in extent or intensity; "The Allies escalated the bombing"
  3. [v]  speed up; "let's rev up production"
  4. [v]  make oneself visible; take action; "Young people should step to the fore and help their peers"
 Synonyms: come forward, come out, come to the fore, escalate, increase, intensify, rev up, step forward, step to the fore
 Antonyms: decrease, de-escalate, diminution, reduction, step down, step-down, weaken
 See Also: accrual, accruement, accumulation, act, addition, advance, aggrandisement, aggrandizement, amplification, appreciation, augmentation, change of magnitude, elevation, enlargement, escalation, exaggeration, expanding upon, expansion, inclusion, increase, intensification, maximation, maximisation, maximization, move, redouble, rise, split, split up, stock split, strengthening, surge, upsurge



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Step"-up`\, a. (Elec.)
Transforming or converting a low-pressure current into one of
high pressure; as, a step-up transformer.