HyperDic: step_in

English > 2 senses of the expression step in:
VERBsocialstep in, intervene, interfere, interposeget involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat / threat of force
socialstep in, substitute, deputize, deputiseact as a substitute
English > step in: 2 senses > verb 1, social
MeaningGet involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat / threat of force.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s PP
Synonymsintervene, interfere, interpose
Narrowerinterlopeencroach on the rights of others, as in trading without a proper license
meddle, tamperintrude in other people's affairs or business
BroaderinteractAct together or towards others or with others
Spanishinterferir, intervenir
Catalaninterferir, intervenir
English > step in: 2 senses > verb 2, social
Meaningact as a substitute.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
Synonymssubstitute, deputize, deputise
Narrowercoverhelp out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities
Broadersupplant, replace, supersede, supervene uponTake the place or move into the position of
Spanishdelegar, ofrecerse, subrogar, sustituir

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