deep

adjective
\ ˈdēp How to pronounce deep (audio) \

Definition of deep

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : extending far from some surface or area: such as
a : extending far downward a deep well a deep chasm
b(1) : extending well inward from an outer surface a deep gash a deep-chested animal
(2) : not located superficially within the body deep pressure receptors in muscles
c : extending well back from a surface accepted as front a deep closet
d : extending far laterally from the center deep borders of lace
e sports : occurring or located near the outer limits of the playing area hit to deep right field
f sports : thrown or hit for a considerable distance : thrown or hit deep (see deep entry 2 sense 3b) a deep pass a deep fly ball
2 : having a specified extension in an implied direction usually downward or backward a shelf 20 inches deep cars parked three-deep
3a : difficult to penetrate or comprehend : recondite deep mathematical problems deep discussions on the meaning of life
b : mysterious, obscure a deep dark secret
c : grave or lamentable in nature or effect in deepest disgrace
d : of penetrating intellect : wise a deep thinker
e : intensely engrossed or immersed she was deep in her book
f : characterized by profundity of feeling or quality a deep sleep also : deep-seated deep religious beliefs
4a of color : high in saturation and low in lightness a deep red
b : having a low musical pitch (see pitch entry 4 sense 4b) or pitch range a deep voice
5a : situated well within the boundaries a house deep in the woods
b : remote in time or space found deep in rural England
c : being below the level of consciousness deep neuroses
d : covered, enclosed, or filled to a specified degree usually used in combination ankle-deep in mud
6 : large deep discounts
7 : having many good players a deep bullpen
in deep water
: in difficulty or distress

deep

adverb

Definition of deep (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to a great depth : deeply still waters run deep tunneled deep into the earth
2 : far on : late danced deep into the night
3 sports
a : near the outer limits of the playing area the shortstop was playing deep
b : long sense 6 threw deep to the wide receiver hit the ball deep to right field

deep

noun

Definition of deep (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : a vast or immeasurable extent : abyss
b(1) : the extent of surrounding space or time the azure deep
(2) nautical : ocean the briny deep
2 : any of the deep portions of a body of water specifically : a generally long and narrow area in the ocean where the depth exceeds 3000 fathoms (5500 meters) the Aldrich Deep in the south Pacific
3 : the middle or most intense part in the deep of winter
4 nautical : any of the fathom points on a sounding line other than the marks (see mark entry 1 sense 2b)

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Other Words from deep

Adjective

deeply adverb
deepness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for deep

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

broad, wide, deep mean having horizontal extent. 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. broad shoulders deep may indicate horizontal extent away from the observer or from a front or peripheral point. a deep cupboard deep woods

Examples of deep in a Sentence

Adjective 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 deep
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Grounding colors set the tone: a deep sea blue on the walls, with inky black for the brick fireplace. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, 16 Sep. 2021 The Saints stymied Green Bay's offense by stopping the run with light boxes, clouding the passing lanes with two-deep safety coverage and controlling possession with their own offense to keep Rodgers off the field. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 16 Sep. 2021 Steed was listed as UM’s starting weakside linebacker on the team’s two-deep depth chart that was released on Tuesday for its matchup against Michigan State on Saturday. Khobi Price, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Sep. 2021 As the Ministry of Culture sets out to prove that Frank’s treasure comes from La Fortuna, production brought in the Spanish navy, army, civil guard and oceanography institute to access launches, helicopters and a deep sea submersible. John Hopewell, Variety, 13 Sep. 2021 Auburn has tweaked its official two-deep depth chart ahead of its top-25 nonconference showdown with No. 10 Penn State. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 13 Sep. 2021 That includes redshirt freshman Ben Sparks, who isn’t on the team’s two-deep depth chart last week, but has been praised by the coaches and fellow teammates for his consistency. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2021 To elude deep-sea predators that have evolved biological searchlights to cast on potential prey, two cephalopods—the octopus Japetella heathi and the squid Onychoteuthis banksii—have the best of both worlds. Luna Shyr, Wired, 4 Sep. 2021 In Ogoniland, men often go deep-sea fishing, but women traditionally stay close to shore, collecting crustaceans for their thick, fragrant soups or to sell. New York Times, 3 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Ray will share a story about a whitewater rafting trip that took her deep into the wilderness of Central Quebec — and her soul. Michelle Rogers, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2021 While Love Has Won’s website copy tends to be more measured, the apparently unscripted livestreams dive deep into the conspiracy world. Virginia Pelley, Marie Claire, 7 Sep. 2021 Dozens of campers who had set up their tents deep into the park were gradually bussed out; campers who had scheduled stays in the following days at Wonder Lake were relocated to closer campgrounds, while many more cancelled altogether. Time, 7 Sep. 2021 While waiting for his X-wing to be repaired, Poe, BB-8, Graballa, and Dean (a plucky and courageous young boy who works as Graballa's mechanic) venture deep into the mysterious castle with Vader's loyal servant, Vaneé. Andrea Towers, EW.com, 7 Sep. 2021 Han Nay Tar, lead singer of Eternal Gosh, an alternative and pop rock band established in 2013, has gone deep into hiding and couldn’t be reached. Emily Fishbein, Rolling Stone, 6 Sep. 2021 Marvel at the Panama Canal, tour a sacred pre-Columbian Mayan religious site, go deep into jungles by ATV, or fly to Chichén Itzá’s pyramids and temples in Mexico. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Sep. 2021 The Strongsville Mustangs faced a Brecksville team that reached deep into its bag of tricks Friday in an attempt to pull out a victory. cleveland, 4 Sep. 2021 After West Virginia settled for a 23-yard field goal to cut the deficit to six points, Fleet-Davis sealed the victory with a 53-yard run deep into Mountaineers territory. Ryan Mcfadden, baltimoresun.com, 4 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Missing a spot in the initial two-deep isn’t always an instant trip to redshirt island. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 30 Aug. 2021 The spring showed us that there were going to be newcomers in the two-deep for Louisville including Kenderick Duncan and Bryan Hudson, but the list of newcomers playing this season grew even more in camp. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 25 Aug. 2021 Miller, like Torrence, has been competing for playing time at cornerback this spring and should find himself on the two-deep for the season opener against Akron. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 27 Aug. 2021 All true freshmen Davies, Dickerson and Darren Barkins are vying for a spot on the two-deep to open the season and each have made plays during fall camp. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 26 Aug. 2021 With four starters returning, much of the two-deep is already set and the Ducks can feel good about the strength and experience of the unit. oregonlive, 3 Aug. 2021 In a great work of cinematography and editing, the camera descends underwater from the Randall swamp and the blackness of the deep becomes the blackness of an underground tunnel. Steffan Triplett, Vulture, 17 May 2021 Similar dramatic flooding scenes played out in 2019, when images went viral of water sloshing inside a city bus on Staten Island and of people wading waist-deep on Brooklyn streets. New York Times, 9 July 2021 Next wave Jaylin Davies enrolled early and went through spring practice, giving him a leg up in competition to be on the two-deep or at least get into the rotation. oregonlive, 4 June 2021

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First Known Use of deep

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for deep

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

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The first known use of deep was before the 12th century

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“Deep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deep. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for deep

deep

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of deep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a large distance to the bottom from the surface or highest point
: going far inward from the outside or the front edge of something
: located far inside something

deep

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of deep (Entry 2 of 2)

: far into or below the surface of something
: far into or inside something
: at a specified measurement downward, inward, or backward

deep

adjective
\ ˈdēp How to pronounce deep (audio) \
deeper; deepest

Kids Definition of deep

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : reaching far down below the surface
2 : reaching far inward or back from the front or outer part a deep cut a deep closet
3 : located well below the surface or well within the boundaries of deep in the ground
4 : coming from well within a deep sigh
5 : completely absorbed deep in thought
6 : hard to understand This story is too deep for me.
7 : mysterious a deep, dark secret
8 : extreme in degree : heavy a deep sleep
9 : dark and rich in color a deep red
10 : low in tone a deep voice

Other Words from deep

deeply adverb

deep

adverb
deeper; deepest

Kids Definition of deep (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to a great depth : deeply
2 : late entry 2 sense 1 She read deep into the night.

deep

noun

Kids Definition of deep (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a very deep place or part the ocean deeps
2 : ocean sense 1 Pirates sailed the briny deep.
3 : the middle or most intense part the deep of winter

deep

adjective
\ ˈdēp How to pronounce deep (audio) \

Medical Definition of deep

1a : extending well inward from an outer surface a deep gash
b(1) : not located superficially within the body or one of its parts deep pressure receptors in muscles
(2) : resulting from or involving stimulation of deep structures deep pain deep reflexes
2 : being below the level of the conscious deep neuroses

Other Words from deep

deeply adverb

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