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 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

Natisha Hiedeman, Rachel Banham, Holmes, Morgan Tuck and Jones – not only held steady through the start of the fourth quarter, the group extended the lead. Lori Riley, courant.com, "Bria Holmes has a season-high 17 points and the Connecticut Sun defeat Dream, 98-69," 20 July 2019 The state’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.8% for the third straight month, according to the government’s preliminary data. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland lost 7,000 jobs in June but unemployment rate holds steady at 3.8 %," 19 July 2019 Assaults against men held steady over the two year period but grew for women, with those between ages 17 and 24 most at risk. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland.com, "Task force co-chaired by Rep. Dave Joyce aims to curb rise in military sexual assaults," 12 July 2019 The minutes said two officials favored a rate cut at the June meeting, including St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who dissented from the decision to hold rates steady. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Officials Saw Strengthening Case for Rate Cuts Last Month, Minutes Show," 10 July 2019 In June, the Fed held rates steady but raised the prospect for two potential rates cuts this year, as policy makers continue to weigh the right time to act amid concerns over Trump's trade policies. Donna Borak, CNN, "Fed Chairman Jerome Powell strongly hints a rate cut is coming," 10 July 2019 Rates were held steady at that Open Market Committee meeting, despite President Trump’s continued calls for a cut. Ben Muessig, latimes.com, "California Inc.: A sale for the record books," 8 July 2019 Consumption of all petroleum products held steady at just under 21 million barrels while gasoline demand declined one-tenth percent to 9.7 million barrels a day. Houston Chronicle, "Crude inventories fall again," 3 July 2019 Overall, President Trump's favorability ratings have held steady. CBS News, "CBS News Eye on Trends: The latest from the CBS News Election & Survey Unit," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Photo: yuri gripas/Reuters In MUFG’s 24% stake, Morgan Stanley Chief Executive James Gorman also gets a steadying presence in turbulent moments—for example, when an activist investor took a stake in the bank in 2016. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "The Muscle Morgan Stanley Flexed in the $74 Billion Bristol-Myers Deal," 4 Jan. 2019 Sauerbrunn, at her third World Cup, was a steadying force for the U.S. defense in Canada when the U.S. went 540 minutes without conceding a goal. Anne M. Peterson, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s Mallory Pugh, Lindsay Horan score in U.S. women’s national team’s rout of Thailand in FIFA Women’s World Cup," 11 June 2019 Twitter @MDGonzales Cubs rotation has been a steadying force in climb to 1st place. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs still can't find ways to get wins on the road," 11 June 2019 Even Andre Iguodala — the Warriors’ steadying force most nights — was a non-factor. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors must now make history after Game 4 loss puts them in 3-1 Finals hole," 7 June 2019 The results helped steady a stock market that has been worried about the ramifications of an escalating trade fight. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Tech Stocks Lift S&P 500," 2 Aug. 2018 One fan grabbed the back of his jersey, trying to steady him. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors investor embarrasses team, underscores how vulnerable players are," 6 June 2019 If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Rosen will replace Rod Rosenstein, who tried for two years to steady the department and its tumultuous relationship with the White House. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "White House Picks Jeffrey Rosen for Deputy Attorney General," 19 Feb. 2019 Aluminum steadied after a four-day sell-off that accelerated after the U.S. decision to ease sanctions against United Co. Rusal. Bloomberg.com, "Metal Markets Regain Equilibrium as Aluminum Supply Worries Ease," 25 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 Among independents and Democrats, support for Trump testifying has held roughly steady compared with previous CNN polling on the topic. Jennifer Agiesta, CNN, "CNN Poll: Republicans shifting negative on Mueller's investigation," 10 May 2018 The defense stayed steady, until Saturday’s game in Boston — when shortstop Machado made two throwing errors and Valencia made a fielding error. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Bundy meets hard-luck fate again as Orioles lose third straight in Boston, 3-1," 15 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Officials voted unanimously to hold their benchmark rate steady in a range between 0.75% and 1%, after a two-day policy meeting. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: 10 storylines to follow as the House votes on health care," 4 May 2017 Following a two-day policy meeting, officials voted unanimously to hold their benchmark rate steady in a range between 0.50% and 0.75%, while noting in a statement some recent improvements in the economy, including an uptick in consumer confidence. David Harrison, WSJ, "Fed Leaves Policy Rate Unchanged, Offers No Hint on When It Might Next Move," 1 Feb. 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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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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