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

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

Dawson, a second-round pick last year, struggled with health issues last year and never really panned out -- the Patriots are also very deep at corner, and so a deal from a position of strength allowed them to pick up another draft pick. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Who will stay? Who will go? Keep up to date with all of this weekend’s personnel moves from the Patriots," 31 Aug. 2019 McCall is also listed as a two-deep starter at kickoff return and punt return. Nathan Baird, cleveland.com, "Will Ohio State’s game-time decisions play against Florida Atlantic?," 31 Aug. 2019 The Minnesota Americana Roots Music Contests will go deep (get it? roots? deep?) on the Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater from 11:30 a.m.to 2:15 p.m. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Today at the Fair: Friday, Aug. 30: MPR Day," 30 Aug. 2019 Skin-deep support At least the hotel chains are responding to consumers’ professed increasing support for green products and services, right? Yossi Sheffi, Quartz, "Removing mini-shampoos from hotel rooms won’t save the environment," 29 Aug. 2019 This can also occur when trees are planted too deep, as adventitious (growing sideways from the stem) roots grow against the stem and squeeze the sapwood. Rebecca Jepsen, The Mercury News, "Bay Area gardens: How to cope with Japanese maple dieback," 28 Aug. 2019 State 48 Brewery State 48’s sandwich is built on big honkin’ chicken breast with a high-caliber cronch and a deep, dry chile burn and thick, pillowy brioche. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Forget Popeyes and Chick-fil-A. These 13 chicken sandwiches in metro Phoenix are better," 28 Aug. 2019 Most seasons, ‘Bama has the deepest, most talented roster in college football. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Don't expect an Alabama falloff even with the loss of its most important player Dylan Moses," 28 Aug. 2019 Time spent in the concussion protocol broke his momentum, but Ingle finished camp pushing for a spot in the two-deep. Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "You may see these 5 freshmen on the field a lot for Cincinnati football in 2019," 27 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Plus, McVay had ownership willing to go deep (into its pockets) to surround Goff with A-level talent. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Predicting the Bengals' win total and wondering if UC can beat OSU," 3 Sep. 2019 Kentucky opened the second half with its third three-and-out of the game, but sophomore outside linebacker Josh Paschal forced a fumble from Koback on Toledo’s first drive of the third quarter to give the Wildcats the ball deep in Toledo territory. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky football opens 2019 season with win over Toledo," 31 Aug. 2019 In the third quarter, Luke Adelman pinned the Pioneers deep with a punt that came to a stop at the Western three. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "Huntington Beach football can’t solve Western," 30 Aug. 2019 Because words are so important to words of affirmation people, bad ones can really dig deep. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s How To Figure Out Your Love Language," 29 Aug. 2019 On the first third down of his college career, Jayden Daniels went deep to Frank Darby for a 42-yard completion. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Rewind: Arizona State wins season opener over Kent State," 29 Aug. 2019 Part 2 highlights the surprising discovery of vibrant coral communities thriving in the seemingly inhospitable deep. Rebecca Asoulin, The Christian Science Monitor, "Wait, fish make noise? Meet the ‘fish listeners.’ (audio)," 29 Aug. 2019 Give the playlist a spin and also go deep with Kiddy's reflections on five of the set’s standout tracks below. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Kiddy Smile Shares Summer of Pride Playlist, Talks Intersectionality & Ballroom Roots," 28 Aug. 2019 Some of the timber was deep red, some a rich yellow. Felipe Fittipaldi, National Geographic, "Inside the faltering fight against illegal Amazon logging," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Jaguars’ deep and experienced defensive front — which features five seniors and a fourth-year junior — also had a nice day, particularly after star Tyree Turner left the game due to injury in the first quarter and did not return. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "5 things we learned from South Alabama’s 35-21 loss to Nebraska," 2 Sep. 2019 Following a recent practice, fans lined up four-deep behind a rope, a tangled knot of outstretched arms waving balls, hats and helmets. Rick Maese, The Denver Post, "With Vegas move on horizon, Raiders fans are torn between staying loyal and moving on," 19 Aug. 2019 Junior Justin McCoy is back at running back and the Sailors also have a deep and experienced receiving corps led by Goltz, who had 66 catches for 883 yards and three touchdowns last season. Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, "High School Football Preview: Newport Harbor vies for more Sunset League relevance," 15 Aug. 2019 The defense, led by a deep and experienced line, is expected to continue the improvement that started last season. Eric Olson, The Denver Post, "Nebraska’s Scott Frost: Big 10 West favorite label fueling Huskers’ confidence," 1 Aug. 2019 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 Virginia will have a young defense, and Louisville will bring a deep, experienced receiving group. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) beat Virginia," 5 July 2018 Mi Nuevo Nayarit This mariscos joint might not be among the city’s best, but the value of a place serving solid Mexican seafood deep into the night on the west side of town can’t be understated. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "10 best late night Phoenix restaurants: Great pizza, burgers, Asian, comfort food," 8 June 2018 Some of the horses were found thigh- to neck-deep in the mud at the stock pond in Gray Mountain, according to Nina Chester, a staff assistant for the office of the president and vice president. Amir Vera, CNN, "Nearly 200 dead horses found on Navajo land in Arizona," 5 May 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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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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