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step up

Meaning: to increase the level or strength of something

Synonym: intensify, increase

For example:

  • step up sth The government stepped up security at railway stations after the terrorist attacks.

  • step sth up We need to step the pace up a bit if we're going to beat the deadline.

Nouns often used as objects with
step up: security, campaign, efforts, pressure, pace, production, fight, struggle

Quick Quiz:

Wildlife protection groups want more action taken to stop the trade in endangered animals, so they've stepped up the pressure on
  1. governments
  2. environments
  3. animals

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