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step-up

[step-uhp] /ˈstɛpˌʌp/
adjective
1.
effecting an increase.
2.
Electricity. serving to increase voltage:
a step-up transformer.
3.
(of a lease) allowing for gradual rent increases to the highest amount permissible.
noun
4.
an increase or rise in the rate or quantity of something.
Also, stepup.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; adj., noun use of verb phrase step up
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British Dictionary definitions for step-up

step up

verb (adverb) (informal)
1.
(transitive) to increase or raise by stages; accelerate
2.
(intransitive) to make progress or effect an advancement; be promoted
3.
(US) step up to the plate
  1. (baseball) to move into batting position
  2. to come forward and take responsibility for something
adjective (prenominal)
4.
(of a transformer) increasing a low voltage applied to the primary winding to a higher voltage on the secondary winding Compare step down (sense 4)
5.
(informal) involving a rise by stages
noun
6.
(informal) an increment in quantity, size, etc
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