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adjective \ˈstēp\

Simple Definition of steep

  • : almost straight up and down : rising or falling very sharply

  • : going up or down very quickly

  • : very high

Full Definition of steep

  1. 1 :  lofty, high —used chiefly of a sea

  2. 2 :  making a large angle with the plane of the horizon

  3. 3a :  mounting or falling precipitously <the stairs were very steep>b :  being or characterized by a rapid and intensive decline or increase

  4. 4 :  extremely or excessively high <steep prices>

steep·ish play \ˈstē-pish\ adjective
steep·ly adverb
steep·ness noun

Examples of steep

  1. The stairs are very steep.

  2. a steep drop in prices

  3. The store's prices are too steep for me.

  4. Their rates are pretty steep.

Origin of steep

Middle English stepe, from Old English stēap high, steep, deep; akin to OldFrisian stāp steep, Middle High German stief — more at stoop

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of steep

steep, abrupt, precipitous, sheer mean having an incline approaching the perpendicular. steep implies such sharpness of pitch that ascent or descent is very difficult <a steep hill> <a steep dive>. abrupt implies a sharper pitch and a sudden break in the level <a beach with an abrupt drop-off>. precipitous applies to an incline approaching the vertical <the river winds through a precipitous gorge>. sheer suggests an unbroken perpendicular expanse <sheer cliffs that daunted the climbers>.




Definition of steep

  1. :  a precipitous place


First Known Use of steep





Simple Definition of steep

  • : to put (something) in a liquid for a period of time

Full Definition of steep

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to soak in a liquid at a temperature under the boiling point (as for softening, bleaching, or extracting an essence)

  3. 2 :  to cover with or plunge into a liquid (as in bathing, rinsing, or soaking)

  4. 3 :  to saturate with or subject thoroughly to (some strong or pervading influence) <practices steeped in tradition>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to undergo the process of soaking in a liquid

steep·er noun

Examples of steep

  1. Steep the tea for three minutes.

  2. The tea steeped for five minutes.

Origin of steep

Middle English stepen

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of steep

soak, saturate, drench, steep, impregnate mean to permeate or be permeated with a liquid. soak implies usually prolonged immersion as for softening or cleansing <soak the garment in soapy water>. saturate implies a resulting effect of complete absorption until no more liquid can be held <a saturated sponge>. drench implies a thorough wetting by something that pours down or is poured <clothes drenched by a cloudburst>. steep suggests either the extraction of an essence (as of tea leaves) by the liquid or the imparting of a quality (as a color) to the thing immersed <steep the tea for five minutes>. impregnate implies a thorough interpenetration of one thing by another <a cake strongly impregnated with brandy>.




Definition of steep

  1. 1 :  the state or process of being steeped

  2. 2 :  a bath or solution in which something is steeped

15th Century

First Known Use of steep

15th century

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