steady

adjective
\ ˈste-dē How to pronounce steady (audio) \
steadier; steadiest

Definition of steady

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : direct or sure in movement : unfaltering a steady hand
b : firm in position : fixed held the pole steady
c : keeping nearly upright in a seaway a steady ship
2 : showing little variation or fluctuation : stable, uniform a steady breeze steady prices
3a : not easily disturbed or upset steady nerves
b(1) : constant in feeling, principle, purpose, or attachment steady friends
c : not given to dissipation : sober

steady

verb
steadied; steadying

Definition of steady (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

: to make or keep steady

intransitive verb

: to become steady

steady

adverb

Definition of steady (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : in a steady manner : steadily
2 : on the course set used as a direction to the helmsman of a ship

steady

noun
plural steadies

Definition of steady (Entry 4 of 4)

: one that is steady specifically : a boyfriend or girlfriend with whom one goes steady

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Other Words from steady

Adjective

steadily \ ˈste-​də-​lē How to pronounce steadily (audio) \ adverb
steadiness \ ˈste-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce steadiness (audio) \ noun

Verb

steadier noun

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Adjective

steady, even, equable mean not varying throughout a course or extent. steady implies lack of fluctuation or interruption of movement. steady progress even suggests a lack of variation in quality or character. an even distribution equable implies lack of extremes or of sudden sharp changes. maintain an equable temper

Examples of steady in a Sentence

Adjective She used a tripod to keep the camera steady. Painting takes a steady hand and a good eye. Prices have remained steady over the last month. He finally has a steady job. They do a steady business at the restaurant. There has been a steady increase in prices. I am making steady progress on refinishing the basement. There was a steady rain all day. We've received a steady stream of donations. Verb He steadied the gun and fired. She used a tripod to steady the camera. The doctor gave her medication to help steady her heart rate. Her heart rate had been erratic but eventually steadied. Prices have steadied in recent months.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While sectors hit by the U.S.-China trade war, including manufacturing and transportation, have been flat this year, the service economy continues adding jobs at a steady pace. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Hiring surged in October despite GM strike," 1 Nov. 2019 Those percentage splits have held steady over the last decade. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Downtown St. Paul trends: More residential, fewer workers, office space steady," 26 Oct. 2019 Thermal expansion is common among many materials, each of which have their own thermal coefficient to help engineers use them and determine how to keep them steady. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Could Wreck a Quarter of Steel Bridges in 21 Years," 25 Oct. 2019 Overall box office is down 5 percent year-to-date, holding steady from the last two weeks, according to Comscore. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil casts a weak spell with $36 million opening weekend," 20 Oct. 2019 Each of the past two years, while Ganassi has supported two full-time IndyCar rides, Team Penske has held steady at three, along with the addition of Helio Castroneves’ entries for both races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Chip Ganassi Racing adds Marcus Ericsson as team's third driver for 2020 IndyCar season," 8 Oct. 2019 Notably, the study found that even as the Jewish population has grown overall, the number of children being raised Jewish has held steady since 2012 at 1.6 million. Ben Sales, sun-sentinel.com, "America’s 7.5 million Jews are older, whiter and more liberal than the country as a whole," 8 Oct. 2019 Employers kept hiring at a steady if unremarkable pace, adding 136,000 jobs, the Labor Department reported on Friday. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Hiring Slowed in September as Unemployment Rate Fell to a 50-Year Low," 4 Oct. 2019 To meet the demand, construction of rental and condo apartments in the downtown area continues at a steady pace. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Downsizing to move downtown takes planning and a strong stomach," 30 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The University of Maryland Board of Regents has chosen a leader from inside to steady the sprawling state system of 12 public colleges and universities following a year of public criticism and turmoil. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "Jay Perman named next chancellor of University System of Maryland following year of turmoil," 7 Nov. 2019 At one point Thursday, an unconscious Aldridge hit 12 shots in a row to steady the Spurs through a series of OKC runs. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "LaMarcus Aldridge’s big night lifts Spurs past OKC," 7 Nov. 2019 To steady the ship, the management appointed Amisha Jain as CEO in May 2018. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Zivame’s strategy to be the perfect fit for India’s lingerie market: personalise, price right, go omnichannel," 30 Oct. 2019 Aresimowicz has credited his leaders — Lynch, Holmes and senior Mike Rivera — for helping to steady the ship. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Berlin football battling injuries, defying doubters in pursuit of Class L playoff berth," 25 Oct. 2019 Anheuser-Busch InBev, which had debt of $102.5 billion in 2018 after buying rival SABMiller, was forced to cut its dividend in half last year to steady its balance sheet. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Budweiser brewer hit by slumping sales in China," 25 Oct. 2019 The rain kept falling but the mood changed considerably, with Zack Moss returning to score two touchdowns and break the school rushing record and Tyler Huntley playing long enough to steady the Utes in a 21-3 victory over No. Matthew Coles, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Moss sets record, leads No. 13 Utah past No. 17 Arizona St," 19 Oct. 2019 Then again, the musical just might drive some people out in search of a drink or two to steady their nerves. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Murder, madness and taxidermy in store at ACT’s 'Cabinet of Screams’," 11 Oct. 2019 There’s been some chef drama, with opening chef Jamie DeRosa leaving after a month and veteran local legend/Mango Gangster Norman Van Aken brought in as chef-partner to steady the ship. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Trouble sorting out 250 Miami Spice options? Try these 9 restaurants," 1 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The African-American proportion of the population has remained roughly steady at around 11 to 13 percent. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Patrios," 16 Sep. 2019 Massachusetts’ first full-fledged casino, MGM Springfield, saw its revenue hold steady in July, despite Encore’s arrival. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "At Encore Boston Harbor, gamblers are all-in on table games," 15 Aug. 2019 Fed Chairman Jerome Powell followed suit on Wednesday, holding the federal funds rate steady but suggesting that the Fed would be open to cutting rates in the coming months should the current economic outlook fail to improve. Kathy Orton, Washington Post, "Mortgage rates poised to drop after Federal Reserve announcement," 20 June 2019 The Federal Reserve is holding its benchmark interest rate steady, although policymakers indicate a willingness to loosen the monetary reins if U.S. economic growth sags. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Fed wary of economic clouds, but leaves interest rates unchanged for now," 19 June 2019 Elsewhere China held the yuan roughly steady against the dollar at 6.8212 in its daily fix, which sets a midpoint for currency trading onshore. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Tech Declines Add to Pressure on Emerging Markets," 7 Sep. 2018 The Bank of Canada held its key interest rate steady at 1.75% Wednesday as weaker global and domestic growth prospects prompted policy makers to express more caution about the pace of future rate increases. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Bank of Canada Holds Key Rate at 1.75%," 6 Mar. 2019 Earlier this month, the bank kept its benchmark interest rate steady at 6.5%, saying that inflation is moving up toward its target while the economy remains sluggish. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Brazil Central Bank Cuts 2018 GDP Growth Forecast to 1.6% From 2.6%," 28 June 2018 But the refining sector shot back this week, arguing the market is holding steady even as dozens of refineries have been exempted. James Osborne, Houston Chronicle, "Refiners at odds with agriculture secretary over ethanol demand," 18 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Production eventually steadies, but at much lower levels. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Drilling, dollars & debt: Colorado’s oil and gas industry is leveraged to the hilt. What does that mean for the future?," 10 Nov. 2019 Opening the annual session of China’s legislature on Tuesday, Premier Li Keqiang laid out plans to fend off risks in the economy and keep the nation’s jobless rate steady. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China Expects 2019 Economic Growth of 6% to 6.5%," 4 Mar. 2019 The break-even rate refers to the amount of monthly payroll gains needed to keep the jobless rate steady. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Derby’s Take: Ready For 3% Unemployment? Goldman Sachs Says It’s Possible," 14 Nov. 2018 Employers have added more than 200,000 jobs a month this year, well above the level Fed officials think is needed to hold the jobless rate steady. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Jobs Report Keeps Fed’s June Rate Increase on Track," 1 June 2018 The Bank of Canada held its benchmark rate steady last week at 1.25%, and signaled rates could climb soon despite worries over trade uncertainty. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada Growth at Risk Due to Heightened Trade Anxiety: IMF," 4 June 2018 Fed policy makers held their benchmark short-term interest rate steady in January, in a range between 1.25% and 1.5%, and signaled greater confidence that inflation would rise to their 2% target. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "Inflation Cooled in February," 13 Mar. 2018 Muguruza double faults on her opening point but steadies and wins the next the four. Jamie Lisanti, SI.com, "Live updates: Venus Williams takes on Garbine Muguruza in Wimbledon final," 15 July 2017 Officials voted unanimously to hold their benchmark rate steady in a range between 0.75% and 1%, after a two-day policy meeting Wednesday. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Sees Growth Rebounding, Remains on Track for Two More Rate Rises in 2017," 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of steady

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adverb

circa 1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1792, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for steady

Adjective

Middle English stedy, from stede

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The first known use of steady was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

12 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Steady.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steadied. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for steady

steady

adjective
How to pronounce steady (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of steady

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: not shaking or moving : held firmly in one place or position
: not increasing or decreasing
: lasting or continuing for a long period of time in a dependable way

steady

verb

English Language Learners Definition of steady (Entry 2 of 4)

: to keep (something or someone) from moving, shaking, falling, etc.
: to cause (something) to stop changing, increasing, decreasing, etc.

steady

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of steady (Entry 3 of 4)

: in a steady way

steady

noun

English Language Learners Definition of steady (Entry 4 of 4)

US, informal + old-fashioned : the only person you are having a romantic relationship with : the person you are going steady with

steady

adjective
\ ˈste-dē How to pronounce steady (audio) \
steadier; steadiest

Kids Definition of steady

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : firmly fixed in position Make sure the ladder is steady.
2 : direct or sure in action She worked with steady hands. I took steady aim.
3 : showing little change a steady flow of water I found a steady job.
4 : not easily upset steady nerves
5 : reliable a steady worker

Other Words from steady

steadily \ ˈste-​də-​lē \ adverb
steadiness \ ˈste-​dē-​nəs \ noun

steady

verb
steadied; steadying

Kids Definition of steady (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make, keep, or become steady He put on some music to steady his nerves. I put the stepladder next to the cart and steadied it with one hand …— Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control

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