take steps to (do something)

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take steps to (do something)

To do what is necessary to prepare for or begin doing something. We're currently taking steps to secure funding for the project before we announce it to the public. Following public outcry, the company has taken steps to rectify the discriminatory hiring practices.
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take steps (to prevent something)

Fig. to do what is necessary to prevent something. I took steps to prevent John from learning what we were talking about. I have to keep John from knowing what I've been doing. I can prevent it if I take steps.
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take steps

Begin a course of action, as in The town is taking steps to provide better street lights, or They took steps to keep their plans secret. [Early 1600s]
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take steps

adopt a particular course of action in order to bring about a particular result.
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take steps to do something

take the necessary action to achieve or get something: The government is taking steps to control the rising crime rate.
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We will take steps to help assure a successful 1999.