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 bull pen
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

abysmal, bottomless, profound

Synonyms: Noun

depth, height, middle, midst, thick

Antonyms: Adjective

shallow, shoal, skin-deep, superficial, surface

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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

However, the Warriors’ problems seem to go deeper than in the past, and have simmered all season. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors have carried a heavy load from the very start of this season," 9 June 2019 With the seconds ticking toward the final whistle in the Major League Rugby playoff semifinal at Torero Stadium, and the Legion trailing, substitute Will Holder was stripped of the ball deep in Rugby United New York’s territory. Griff Lacey / San Diego Legion, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Legion win in closing seconds, will host MLR championship match," 9 June 2019 In 1987, Berry started Underwater Criminal Investigators, which trains police departments around the world to recover evidence from the deep. NBC News, "Drowning is one of the hardest homicides to prove. These investigators want to change that.," 8 June 2019 The government has long wanted to spur growth deep inside the country, in part by getting low-end industries to leave the prosperous coast and move to places like Baiguan. The Economist, "Once again, China’s richest region is pulling ahead of the others," 8 June 2019 And even though Golden State didn’t shoot the ball well from deep, the Warriors did enough in the first two quarters to lead by double figures. Dan Woike, latimes.com, "Warriors will need a miracle to claw back against the Raptors," 7 June 2019 Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, an All-Star who’s played, according to his critics, an all-too second fiddle to Kawhi Leonard, did one better, with a step back three from deep to push it back to 14. Sean Gregory/oakland, Time, "The Toronto Raptors Respond to Stephen Curry's Onslaught, Over and Over," 6 June 2019 The current snowpack is several times deeper than normal for this time of year, although that is partly a function of a cool spring that delayed the onset of snowmelt. John Meyer, The Denver Post, "Colorado Ski Country USA projects record year thanks to consistent, extended snow season," 6 June 2019 Last season, Mathis averaged 14.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists per game and set a program record with 106 made three pointers on 41.6 percent shooting from deep. oregonlive.com, "Anthony Mathis, New Mexico graduate transfer and leading scorer, commits to Oregon Ducks," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Over the next 18 years, Ivie found a wife, had two kids, showed champion horses and got into Republican politics by winning a seat on the Utah County Commission, all the while keeping that day to himself — buried deep beneath the pain. David Montero, latimes.com, "Mormon, Republican and gay: Politician Nathan Ivie breaks new ground for Utah," 10 June 2019 Maguire enjoyed plenty of possession and Eric Dier regularly dropped deep to give his centre backs an option, which was something England sorely missed against the Netherlands. SI.com, "Switzerland 0-0 England: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Three Lions Claim Third on Penalties," 9 June 2019 Tied 2-2 in the 10th, St. Ignatius junior Michael McNamara tripled to deep left. cleveland.com, "St. Ignatius defeats Mentor 4-2 in 10 innings to win Div. I state baseball title," 9 June 2019 Whether Durant can contribute remains a question, but whoever is available has to dig deep. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors need another visit from Elimination Game Klay Thompson," 9 June 2019 The Raptors were 10 of 32 from deep after making 17 3s in Game 3, but converted 23 of 24 free throws Friday. CBS News, "NBA Finals: Raptors top Warriors 105-92 in Game 4, giving them 3-1 lead in series," 8 June 2019 The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which recommends putting dead hares in the trash or burying them deep enough where pets or other animals can’t reach them, also advises washing hands thoroughly afterward. Fox News, "Alaska officials warn hares could spread deadly disease to people, pets," 8 June 2019 Albert drove the inside fastball deep to right field, bouncing off the top of the LSU batting cage building. Brody Miller, nola.com, "Despite Todd Peterson ‘heroics,’ LSU bullpen falls off in game one loss," 8 June 2019 Nadal had the last word in the set, taking the measure of a looping Federer forehand that landed deep and then answering it with a laserlike backhand winner to take the lead, 6-3. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Rafael Nadal (Again) and the Wind Confound Roger Federer at the French Open," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cargo space There is a deep and square cargo space of 20.1 cubic feet stacked to the windows. (james Halfacre), San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Mazda3: elevated design, distinct character," 8 June 2019 Lauren Theis, a 33-year-old yoga instructor, will lead a group hike Saturday through a trail deep in the New Jersey Pinelands, past stands of Atlantic white cedar, oak and pitch pine — and maybe even a bald eagle nest. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "'Forest bathing' aims for a full body and spirit immersion in N.J. Pinelands," 19 Apr. 2018 Lawrence hit Tee Higgins with a 62-yard pass on third-and-14 deep in Tiger territory and Travis Etienne followed with a 17-yard TD run. Pete Iacobelli, The Seattle Times, "Clemson uses big moments to topple Tide for title," 8 Jan. 2019 That is a huge boon to Charlotte, which may use him as a shooting guard next to Kemba Walker but regardless got great value this deep into the draft. 12. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "2018 N.B.A. Draft Results: Analysis of Every Pick in Round 1," 21 June 2018 Betty's mom is knee-deep in some bizarre cult called The Farm, Archie's sweating it out in juvie, and a creepy game called Gryphons and Gargoyles is literally killing high schoolers. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Why Is Riverdale So Thirsty This Season?," 31 Oct. 2018 With England and Croatia tied 1-1 deep into extra time, Mandzukic slipped past John Stones and stroked a clinical finish past Pickford to send Croatia to the World Cup Final. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Watch: Croatian Players Celebrate Mandzukic Goal With Photographer," 11 July 2018 For one, the speaker is mostly treated as an iOS ecosystem accessory, like the AirPods, that works best only for those deep within Apple’s walled garden. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple sold an estimated 600,000 HomePods in the first quarter of the year," 17 May 2018 In the 1970s, local preference shifted to the larger fish of the deeps, above all ahi (yellowfin tuna), typically anointed with shoyu (Japanese soy sauce) instead of sea salt. Author: Ligaya Mishan, Anchorage Daily News, "Heading home to Hawaii in search of poke," 10 Jan. 2018

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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

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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