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1. Literally, to step backward. Everyone step back and give him a bit of space. They stepped back to get a better view of the painting.
2. By extension, to withdraw or remove oneself from something, often in order to consider it from a broader or more objective perspective. You're too focused on this project. You need to step back and consider the bigger picture of the whole company. I think everyone needs to step back from this issue for a moment and think about their motivations a bit more critically.
step back (from someone or something)
to move away from someone or something; to move back so as to provide space around someone or something. Please step back from the injured woman. Give her some air. Step back and give her some air.
1. To move backward by taking one or more steps: I stepped back from the edge of the cliff. The police officer told the crowd to step back.
2. To withdraw from something, especially to consider it from a wider perspective: Let's step back from the project for a moment and admire all that we have accomplished. Rather than arguing about every detail, they should step back and determine what is really important.