Old English Synonyms
It means to take a break or to take a step back in order to assess a situation.
When you step back, you move your feet backwards so that you are further away from someone or something.
I need to take a step back and assess the situation.
He stepped back, surprised by her sudden outburst.
Before we can move forward, we need to take a step back and analyze what went wrong.
After stepping back and taking a good look, they realized they were going in the wrong direction.
In order to get a better view, he took a few steps back.