broad and wide apply to a surface measured or viewed from side to side.
a broad avenue
wide is more common when units of measurement are mentioned
rugs eight feet wide
or applied to unfilled space between limits.
a wide doorway
broad is preferred when full horizontal extent is considered.
deep may indicate horizontal extent away from the observer or from a front or peripheral point.
a deep cupboard
Examples of deep in a Sentence
We walked in the deep snow.
a deep valley between the mountains
The water is deepest in the middle of the lake.
She's afraid of swimming in deep water.
a plant with deep roots
The house has lots of deep closets.
She has a small but deep wound on her arm.
This enormous canyon is over a mile deep.
The shelves are 10 inches deep.
He stepped into an ankle-deep puddle of mud. Adverb
The ship now lies deep below the water's surface.
Our feet sank deeper into the mud.
The treasure was buried deep within the ground.
Their secret offices were located deep underground.
We walked deep into the forest.
The soldiers are operating deep within enemy territory.
I stood three feet deep in the water.
He stepped ankle-deep into a puddle of mud. Noun
the kind of cold weather that we usually have only in the deep of winter
sailors exploring the farther reaches of the briny deepSee More
Recent Examples on the Web
Each issue is filled with breaking news, deep insights, and exclusive strategies for becoming a better traveler.—Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2023 The 2014 film gives an even deeper backstory, showing that in 1967, Annabelle tormented a couple and their newborn daughter.—Keith Langston, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 The Bills have a chance to make a deep run this year too, but some fans wonder if the team's own championship window is dwindling.—Mark Stock, Men's Health, 8 Sep. 2023 The heat generated by a massage chair can help reach some of those deeper tissues that can't be touched by the massage mechanisms themselves.—Lauren Wellbank, Woman's Day, 8 Sep. 2023 The piece featured spaghetti straps, a deep scoop neckline, and a flirty, slightly pleated skirt.—Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Sep. 2023 Gregersen, with a deep summer tan and long auburn hair, makes walking seven dogs look like a surprisingly easy, even zen, endeavor.—Sofia Jeremias, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Sep. 2023 But fisheries managers on the Snake River see the toothy predator as a scourge — one whose menace is ever growing as the warm-water species continues to move upstream and deeper into salmon and steelhead territory.—oregonlive, 27 Aug. 2023 Three other Mayden passes, including a deep ball intended for freshman Baylin Brooks, fell incomplete, however.—Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2023
Prior to Meshkov’s touchdown run in the fourth, Barlow marched deep into Mountainside territory.—Nick Celario | , oregonlive, 9 Sep. 2023 Russia is known to have used its naval ships in the Black Sea to strike deep into Ukrainian territory and impose an effective blockade of the Ukrainian Black Sea coast, which is crucial to global grain shipments.—Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 8 Sep. 2023 The second-year slugger went deep again in the fourth inning, greeting right-hander Randy Vásquez with a 109.4 mph shot down the left-field line just two pitches into his stint relieving Rodón.—Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 8 Sep. 2023 So many of the big names have played deep into the tournament: Djokovic.—Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2023 The show is based on the Virgin River book series by Robyn Carr, and brings viewers deep into the lives of its characters, including Mel's own.—Korin Miller, Women's Health, 8 Sep. 2023 The strange object was spotted about 3.2 kilometers (about 3,280 feet) deep in the Pacific Ocean on Aug. 30, according to SWNS.—Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 7 Sep. 2023 Who to sit: KJ Osborn (MIN) will have value this season, but there’s no reason dig this deep in the beginning.—Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Sep. 2023 But for now, take a beat to dive deep into your inner psyche.—Korin Miller, Women's Health, 28 Aug. 2023
Only the fifth task is what is ordinarily thought of as the primary one: to transport people into the dark, hostile deep.—Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 1 July 2023 On third-and-4 from Pittsburgh’s 41, Williams appeared to have thrown an incomplete deep to Tre Walker, but Butler, the former Michigan State corner, was flagged for pass interference.—Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 25 June 2023 Aim for a pile that's 4' wide by 4' deep by 4' high.—Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 26 May 2023 Deep, deep in geologic time, some 600 million or 700 million years ago, the very first animals evolved on Earth.—Viviane Callier, Scientific American, 17 May 2023 There are other plants in some of the locations; how close/deep/much to use in the root method without hurting other plants would be helpful to know.—oregonlive, 26 Mar. 2023 Deep down, their actions may stem from deep insecurities, but their outward confidence often leads to them treating others badly without any consideration.—Amy MacKelden, ELLE, 10 Mar. 2023 The new-baby craze isn’t finished yet, either, with Roberts recalling this year’s list of expecting parents being around half-a-dozen deep.—Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2023 But there are only 12,000 headstones because space was limited so bodies were buried on top of each other with graves layered 10 deep.—Miriam Porter, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 See More
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Adjective, Adverb, and Noun
Middle English dep, from Old English dēop; akin to Old High German tiof deep, Old English dyppan to dip — more at dip
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b(2)
The first known use of deep was
before the 12th century