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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References in classic literature ?
After his interview with Sir Nathaniel, he had taken steps to begin putting his plan into action.
It is obvious that there would have been even less reason to expect a disturbance among the people if after the battle of Borodino, when the surrender of Moscow became certain or at least probable, Rostopchin instead of exciting the people by distributing arms and broadsheets had taken steps to remove all the holy relics, the gunpowder, munitions, and money, and had told the population plainly that the town would be abandoned.
He had taken steps to let her know that he would never allow her to marry Darzac --that he still loved her.
It has taken steps to prevent another general strike.
Today is the date of my last letter, and the Count has taken steps to prove that it was genuine, for again I saw him leave the castle by the same window, and in my clothes.
He had given hints only; and of course it had not taken very much to alarm Falk; but, instead of declaring himself, he had taken steps to remove the family from under my in fluence.
I fancy that he had taken steps to make that draught efficacious, and that he quite relied upon your being unconscious.
The Philippines has taken steps to increase cybersecurity and clamp down on money changers.
Fareed said that first time in the country's history, the government had taken steps to benefit the small traders and revive their confidence on tax system.
The government has set the target and taken steps for providing access to the children for imparting quality education and increasing literacy rate, official sources stated.
The government has taken steps to establish a pilot training school at the newly opened Mattala Airport in the Southern Province, Minister of Civil Aviation Priyankara Jayaratne said.
Alpha Natural Resources has taken steps to avoid coal-dust violations that MSHA investigators say caused the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion, according to a letter the Bristol, Va.
The spokeswoman said the company had taken steps to remind drivers about the weight limit policy which had always been in place.
Dubai identified the problem years ago and has taken steps to solve it.
Mesa Air Group has taken steps that may allow it to rebrand its interisland airline, go