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
(2) : dependable
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 steady (audio) \ adverb
steadiness \ ˈste-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce steady (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 But the decline in mask orders has been steady in Kansas and nationally. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Firefly lottery, vaccine exemptions, data breach: News from around our 50 states," 29 Apr. 2021 The pattern outlined in the the Census data was one started in the 1930s with the development of modern air-conditioning and has been steady since then. Time, "New York and California Lose Congressional Seats, Texas and Florida Gain After 2020 Census," 27 Apr. 2021 The pattern outlined in the the Census data was one started in the 1930s with the development of modern air-conditioning and has been steady since then. Star Tribune, "US marks slowest population growth since the Depression," 27 Apr. 2021 The pattern outlined in the the Census data was one started in the 1930s with the invention of modern air-conditioning and has been steady since then, according to experts. BostonGlobe.com, "Texas gains congressional seats, California loses first time," 26 Apr. 2021 The pattern outlined in the the Census data was one started in the 1930s with the invention of modern air-conditioning and has been steady since then, according to experts. Mike Schneider, Anchorage Daily News, "Texas gains congressional seats, California loses them in release of census data," 26 Apr. 2021 The pattern outlined in the the Census data was one started in the 1930s with the invention of modern air-conditioning and has been steady since then, according to experts. Mike Schneider And Nicholas Riccardi, chicagotribune.com, "Census: US population rises to 331,449,281; Texas gains congressional seats, Calif. loses for first time," 26 Apr. 2021 Earnings have been steady over the past four quarters as the company largely navigated the Covid-19 disruption gracefully. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, "Earnings Preview: What To Expect From Verizon On Wednesday," 20 Apr. 2021 That never happened with Brooks, whose development has been steady throughout high school. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Michigan Mr. Basketball: Detroit Douglass' Pierre Brooks II," 16 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This year, Biden ultimately sought - and lawmakers later approved - $350 billion in new stimulus spending to help local governments steady their finances and pay for the costs of responding to the crisis. Anchorage Daily News, "Republican state attorneys general threaten key element of stimulus law," 17 Mar. 2021 Véronique Nichanian, the designer of Hermès men’s wear, found herself using the therapeutic powers of color to steady her through the jagged rhythms of serial lockdowns. New York Times, "Men’s Wear Has an Emo Moment," 25 Jan. 2021 To capture the best possible video, use a tripod to steady your phone. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "5 ways to take better photos and videos with your phone," 28 Mar. 2021 The series split against Santa Clara allowed the Tritons to steady themselves. San Diego Union-Tribune, "College baseball weekend: Ready or not, UC San Diego opens Big West play," 25 Mar. 2021 Josephine walked alongside her house, clutching the walls to steady herself. Seema Yasmin, Scientific American, "Why Ebola Survivors Struggle with New Symptoms," 29 Feb. 2016 Setting aside time in the morning to identify what the day will look like and what work should be completed, or time in the evening to reflect and plan for the next day, can steady your child’s nerves. Washington Post, "How to help kids adapt to the chaos that is hybrid learning," 12 Feb. 2021 But the recent scandals that have ensnared Cuomo put the one-time possible presidential frontrunner in a desperate situation to try to steady his administration. Fox News, "De Blasio pounces on Cuomo scandals: 'He cannot govern' if claims are true," 3 Mar. 2021 The Flyers counted on a return home to steady the team after they were humbled in a 7-3 loss to the Bruins and had dropped four of five overall. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, "Giroux, Flyers top Rangers 4-3 despite Kreider hat trick," 24 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Zucchini also contains magnesium, another important mineral that helps keep heart rhythm steady. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "Is Zucchini Healthy? All the Nutritional Facts and Benefits to Know," 28 Apr. 2021 Will colleges struggling to hold their enrollments steady become even less selective? Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, "New Data: Applications Surge At Larger, Selective Colleges," 10 Mar. 2021 Then in his early 20s, Beasley had already landed a touring gig as part of Sergio Méndes’ band but was trying to work his way into steady-paying studio sessions. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, "On Sunday, a local jazz polymath could have a Grammys for the ages," 9 Mar. 2021 Staying steady through waves of uncertainty is kind of her superpower. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "For Glennon Doyle, Self-Care Is Not Wearing Makeup—Or Pants," 27 May 2020 However, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index held steady, gaining 1.9% by midday Monday. Elaine Kurtenbach, USA TODAY, "Asian shares, US futures sink as virus crisis deepens," 23 Mar. 2020 The central bank for the euro system kept its main interest rate steady at -0.5% on March 12 while boosting asset purchases by €120 billion. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "The clock is ticking for the government bailouts to begin," 17 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile, digital increased 12.3% to $73 million from $65 million, synchronization rose by 24.14% to $36 million from $29 million, and other revenue held steady at $3 million. Marc Schneider, Billboard, "Warner Music Group Tops $1.25 Billion for the Quarter as Streaming Jumps 17%," 31 Jan. 2020 Annual growth held steady at 2% over a year earlier. Washington Post, "Asian stocks sink after Trump impeachment vote," 19 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Keeping the price steady could help in an economy that's still dealing with the ongoing pandemic, but Xbox's strategy is less focused on selling new hardware than Sony's (SNE). Shannon Liao, CNN, "The Xbox Series X will cost $499," 9 Sep. 2020 Officials voted to hold their benchmark rate steady in a range between 1.5% and 1.75% at the meeting after cutting it by a quarter percentage point at each of its previous three meetings. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Minutes to Shed Light on Interest Rate Consensus," 3 Jan. 2020 As slack vanishes, job growth slows, the employment rate reaches full-employment levels, and wage growth steadies at rates consistent with productivity growth. Edward P. Lazear, WSJ, "The Recovery Is Reaching Its End," 18 June 2019 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

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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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“Steady.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steady. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for steady

steady

adjective

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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