\ 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 combinationankle-deep in mud
6 : large deep discounts
7 : having many good players a deep bullpen
in deep water
: in difficulty or distress



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



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


deeply adverb
deepness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for deep

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 These areas have come up in reports on Mr. Trump’s and his family’s taxes, and each likely requires a deep, labor-intensive dive into a business’s records. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "It’s Easier to Avoid Taxes When You Own a Business. Just Ask Donald Trump (and Joe Biden).," 9 Oct. 2020 With or without dairy, fresh or canned, chunky or smooth, requiring a deep dive into cooking techniques or as simple as simple can be, here are tomato soup recipes from our archives. Washington Post, "7 ways to slurp tomato soup, from classic to creative," 8 Oct. 2020 In fact, the seven-day average for cases is now at its highest point since Sept. 7, Rich Exner reports in his weekly deep dive into the latest COVID-19 trends. cleveland, "Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose nixes multiple ballot drop box sites; legal fight continues: Capitol Letter," 6 Oct. 2020 Minner’s deep dive into Lumbee history started with her own family. Isabel Spiegel, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Native American Community in Baltimore Reclaims Its History," 5 Oct. 2020 Each week, Quartz takes a deep dive into the companies, people, and phenomena defining the global economy. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "Covid-19 is a reminder to beware of seasonality in data," 4 Oct. 2020 Here, on the eve of the house’s ready-to-wear presentation in Paris, the (nearly) full text of our deep dive into the philosophy of Hermès. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "The Philosophy of the Future: In Conversation With Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Artistic Director of Hermès," 2 Oct. 2020 Each week, Quartz takes a deep dive into the companies, people, and phenomena defining the global economy. Heather Landy, Quartz at Work, "Watch: Quartz at Work’s workshop on building company culture remotely," 2 Oct. 2020 The group's recent work included reports on police complicity in religious riots in Delhi as well as a deep-dive into India's military movements in Kashmir. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Amnesty International to stop work in India, cites government harassment and threats," 29 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb After a scoreless first half, the Leopards punted on their opening possession of the third quarter and pinned Spanish Fort deep in in its own territory at the 7. al, "Michael Crawford’s second-half interception return sparks Spanish Fort past Blount 14-10," 9 Oct. 2020 The Bulldogs were stopped on fourth-and-two on back-to-back fourth-quarter drives deep in Arkansas territory. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "The biggest key for Kentucky football vs. Mississippi State might not be what you expect," 9 Oct. 2020 With a 26-20 lead, the Tigers recovered a fumbled punt deep in Hannan territory, but the play was nullified by a face-mask penalty. Jim Derry | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Hannan erases 20-point deficit, tops Dunham on road in short week," 9 Oct. 2020 More than 2,000 acres of land and six wilderness lakes deep in the heart of Superior National Forest will soon be forever protected. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, "Nature Conservancy buys more than 2,000 acres of land in Superior National Forest," 7 Oct. 2020 Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa took Bassitt deep in the fourth, Bregman on a two-strike curveball and Correa on a 2-0 cutter. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "A’s Chris Bassitt laments pitch location in ‘rough’ Game 1 start," 5 Oct. 2020 The issues deep in opposing territory are nothing new for the Panthers' offense, which has struggled in the red zone since the start of last season. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "College football winners and losers from Week 5," 4 Oct. 2020 Public health officials said there was no evidence of such immunity, but distrust of the secular authorities runs deep in the Orthodox community. New York Times, "Fearing 2nd Wave, N.Y.C. Will Adopt Restrictions in Hard-Hit Areas," 4 Oct. 2020 Herbert was involved in a critical mistake deep in their own territory that gave the Buccaneers momentum after Los Angeles had a 24-7 lead late in the second quarter. oregonlive, "Justin Herbert goes toe-to-toe with Tom Brady in the Los Angeles Chargers’ loss," 4 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Oklahoma isn’t really a young team overall; in fact, its defensive two-deep is loaded with experience. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Oklahoma's back-to-back meltdowns give it top spot in Misery Index," 4 Oct. 2020 This decision is based on the ability to safely field a two-deep at the position group rather than the total number of players unavailable. George Stoia, Arkansas Online, "ASU postpones game against Tulsa," 23 Sep. 2020 Among several drops by Miami pass catchers, Mark Pope had one deep down the sideline between the cornerback and safety that hit him in the chest. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Ten things we learned in the Miami Hurricanes’ 47-34 win over Louisville," 20 Sep. 2020 And Rivers' two interceptions, including a costly one deep in the fourth quarter, doomed Indianapolis. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 1 winners, losers: Cam Newton boosts Patriots, Cowboys unimpressive under Mike McCarthy," 15 Sep. 2020 That includes unusual teak floors through the kitchen and dining area — a light wood that glows with tones from pale to deep. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$2.6 million Oakland County retreat built on remains of 100-year-old golf course," 12 Sep. 2020 Early on, the group looked slow and unsure while rotating through the two-deep at several positions. Tom Noie, The Indianapolis Star, "No. 10 Notre Dame football opens 2020 season with 27-13 win over Duke," 12 Sep. 2020 The message, while admirable, is surface-level deep, and the film is fraught with cliches and one-dimensional characters. cleveland, "Disney’s live-action ‘Mulan’ strays from the original, and that’s a good thing," 3 Sep. 2020 Davis solidify a talented two-deep on the outside with Samario Rudolph and (Ryan) Davis pushing Grossman at the slot. Evan Dudley, al, "UAB fall camp position breakdown: Wide receivers," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of deep


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 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 23 Oct. 2020.

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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



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
\ 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


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.



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
\ 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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